New evidence shows Musayev controlled Cifidex – Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation revealed that SOCAR’s Turab Musayev had a controlling interest in Cifidex Ltd, emails uncovered by the Foundation show, despite denials and threats to the media, Musayev issued through his London lawyers at Atkins Thomson. Musayev’s lawyers said that their client was not the controlling party of Cifidex or of the Mozura project.

Cifidex Ltd and 17 Black Ltd are at the centre of a corrupt deal involving the purchase of a Montenegro windfarm by Malta’s state-owned Enemalta plc.

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation explained how Musayev used Cifidex, a Seychelles company, to buy 99 %of the shares in Montenegro’s Mozura wind farm for €2.9m in 2015 and to sell them, two weeks later, to Enemalta plc for €10.3m. Cifidex purchased the wind farm shares with €3m borrowed from 17 Black Ltd, Yorgen Fenech’s United Arab Emirates company.

After Cifidex sold the shares to Enemalta, the offshore company repaid the €3m to 17 Black plus an additional €4.6m “profit share”.

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation stated it has searched for all domains ever registered that contained the word “cifidex” and found cifidex.com and cifidexrenewables.com, which were registered between 2014 and 2018. Both domains’ registration had expired over two years ago.

The Foundation said it registered the two domains and set up automatic “catch-all” email forwarding for both. The set-up forwarded any email sent to any address linked to either domain directly to the Foundation. It further explaines how it received automated weekly emails from an online backup service, reporting the status of a scheduled backup from the Gmail account of stefano.panniello@cifidex.com to the OneDrive account of Turab Musayev.

Although Musayev’s registration of the cifidex.com domain had expired, the automated reporting service kept running because it was installed to the cifidex.com G Suite account, said the Foundation. G Suite is a set of services provided by Google that allows applications such as Gmail and Google Drive to be used with any domain. Once G Suite is set up with a domain, the account remains active and partially usable after the domain expires.

“The automated weekly emails received by the Foundation provide documentary evidence that Musayev did have a controlling interest in Cifidex, and further evidence that Musayev and Fenech were part of an organisation that set out to defraud the Maltese public.” Stated the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation.

Last month it was revealed how in December 2015, 17 Black made a previously undisclosed profit of 4.6 million euros when Malta’s state energy company, Enemalta, bought a wind farm in Montenegro. The purchase came after negotiations and several trips to Montenegro led by Malta’s then energy minister, Konrad Mizzi. According to the details revealed, in December 2015, accountants for Mizzi and the prime minister’s then chief of staff, Keith Schembri, wrote in an email that Schembri and Mizzi stood to receive payments from 17 Black for services that weren’t specified.

In today’s revelations the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation explained how Musayev represented Azerbaijan’s interest in Electrogas Malta Ltd, the “corrupt” energy company Daphne Caruana Galizia was investigating. He was a business associate of Yorgen Fenech, the Electrogas shareholder and former director and 17 Black Ltd owner.

In November of last year businessmen, Fenech was accused of complicity in ordering Daphne’s murder.