NAO still considering whether to investigate Schembri or not

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The National Audit Office (NAO) is still considering whether to investigate the allegations made against Keith Schembri, who is being accused of involvement in corrupt dealings in the Enemalta wind farms project in Montenegro.

A spokesperson for the NAO told that it is making “numerous audits and investigations in accordance with its work schedule.”

Asked whether the NAO is going to investigate the Enemalta project, which is facing corruption charges, the spokesman said that a decision on the issue has not yet been taken.

Keith Schembri is the former Chief of Staff of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. His resignation was announced on 26th November. Schembri was arrested and questioned by police in connection with the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. He was arrested after Yorgen Fenech, the owner of 17 Black, mentioned his involvement. Schembri was later released from custody.

The Enemalta project was also mentioned by Fenech was being questioned.

Informed sources told that Fenech told the police that Keith Schembri sent him a message telling him that “I’ll help you if you keep me out of it” (“Tikxifnix u ngħinek”). Alas, Fenech decided to out the corrupt dealings related to Electrogas and even the windfarms which Enemalta has built in Montenegro. 

This project has an investment value of €90 million, and was recently inaugurated.

A number of companies working in the financial services told that the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) has not asked them to bring forward any arrangement or agreement made with Schembri’s companies.

These results may mean that the Agency is not investigating his companies. Observers said they did not know why the FIAU is dragging its feet and prolonging looking into Schembri.