“UAE ambassador assured me they are ready to cooperate on 17 Black” – Casa tells inquiry board

Updated 04:12 PM
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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

MEP David Casa gave his testimony on Friday during the Public Inquiry into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Casa claimed that authorities in UAE assured him they would be ready to cooperate and provide the necessary information on 17 Black. The MEP also testified that lawyers of former Chief of Staff at Castille Keith Schembri had threatened him. David Casa said that Schembri’s lawyers had sent him a letter.

Schembri’s legal representatives, Lawyers Edward Gatt and Mark Vassallo issued a statement to deny they ever made direct or indirect contact with MEP David Casa.

10:50 Thank you for following this live blog.
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10:50 The next court sitting is scheduled for the 12th of August.
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10:49 The public inquiry will continue behind closed doors.
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10:49 David Casa's testimony ends here.
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10:37 David Casa will continue testifying behind closed doors.
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10:37 The board approves.
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10:36 Lawyer Jason Azzopardi asks the board if the witness can continue giving his testimony behind closed doors.
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10:31 "The UAE ambassador told me they are willing to cooperate as they do not want to seem they are involved in the murder of a European journalist" – said Casa
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10:28 Casa also said he will continue working to establish a European FIAU.
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10:26 Casa confirmed that the authorities in Dubai have informed the Maltese authorities to make an official request so that information on the investigation could be exchanged.

Casa provided the court with a copy of his correspondence with the UAE ambassador for Europe.
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10:24 David Casa also said that he made contact with the UAE Ambassador for Europe to confirm if it is true that the UAE authorities are not cooperating.
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10:23 Casa also said that he does not believe Ian Abdilla when he says the UAE authorities did not cooperate.
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10:22 Casa said that he has been waiting from the Dubai authorities to provide Maltese authorities, information on 17 Black.
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10:20 David Casa continues to explain that he had written to the Attorney General of the United Arab Emirates, in connection with the offshore company 17 Black.
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10:16 The report explains;

The connections between 17 Black, Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi

The operations of Pilatus Bank and Nexia BT

Payments between people involved in the power station project and 17 Black

Details on corruption on the Montenegro wind farm deal

€1 million to be transferred to Cheng Chen – the person who negotiated the deal between Enemalta and Shanghai Electric.
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10:15 The board of inquiry is now asking Casa questions on the FIAU report and 17 Balck.
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10:12 David Casa is explaining that while doing his work he felt that the Maltese Authorities were obstructing his work.

"I was described as a traitor by the Maltese Government" – said Casa who continued saying that as an MEP he wants to represent and defend the interests of the Maltese and that he will continue to do so no matter what.
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10:11 These two companies were the companies that opened the offshore companies to politically exposed persons within the Maltese Government.
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10:10 Casa said that authorities should not forget that Nexia BT was representing Mossack Fonseca.
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10:07 The owner of Pilatus Bank, Ali Sadr should be extradited to Malta to face criminal charges in relation to money laundering, said Casa and that Nexia BT was the company used to facilitate all this.

Until today Nexia BT is still licensed to operate.
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10:05 Casa explained that he was handed the report by officials within the FIAU who felt that the police was not investigating as it should when it comes to money laundering and Pilatus Bank.
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10:03 Lawyer Therese Comodini Cachia is asking Casa to explain the details on the connections between Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi as reported in the FIAU report.
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10:01 Through the FIAU report it could be understood that there was a link between the Noor Bank and the Montenegro Windfarm project.
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09:59 David Casa is now explaining the FIAU report, which he had received but did not publish because the law, at the time, did not permit him to do so.
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09:58 "I am sure that with my work I was irritating Yorgen Fenech" – said David Casa.
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09:56 David Casa said that he has no proof of money transactions between the PN and Yorgen Fenech, so that he would not be elected again as an MEP during in 2019.
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09:54 "We left Daphne on her own. She was vulnerable and it was at that time when she was murdered" – said Casa.
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09:51 David Casa said that following the reports filed with the Police, the Police Commissioner informed Casa that he is ready to shut down the Gzira Police Station in order to provide him with the protection of Police Officers.

Casa said that he was not ready to deprive the Gzira residents of having a Police Station that is open for their service 24/7, therefore he did not accept the offer.
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09:50 He confirmed that the threat by Schembri's lawyers was received by a letter sent directly to him.
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09:47 He said that he has also been threatened by Keith Schembri's lawyers when he had presented a report compiled by the FIAU.
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09:45 Casa confirmed that whenever he is out of the office he does not feel safe, even when abroad.

There were times he asked for the Police Force to provide him with protection.
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09:43 Casa said that even though he is not part of the Police Force, as an MEP he felt the duty to investigate.

Casa said that he too has been threatened.
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09:40 The board is asking David Casa to give the facts on the information regarding the offshore company 17 Black.
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09:39 MEP David Casa takes the witness stand.
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09:38 The board has entered courtroom 20.
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09:32 The board of inquiry is led by Judge Emeritus Michael Mallia, accompanied by former Chief Justice Joseph Said Pullicino and judge Abigail Lofaro.
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09:31 Bartolo was the first minister to testify in the public inquiry.

The next minister scheduled to face the inquiry board will be Finance Minister Edward Scicluna.
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09:30 During the last court sitting, Minister Evarist Bartolo gave his testimony.
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09:28 During today's sitting MEP David Casa is expected to testify.
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09:27 Good morning.

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