Schembri files urgent court application requesting release of money to pay employees

FILE PHOTO: Keith Schembri, Chief of Staff in the office of Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, arrives for a joint news conference between Muscat and President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Valletta, Malta, March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Joseph Muscat’s former right-hand man Keith Schembri has filed an urgent court application. He is requesting that the court releases sums of money so that his employees could receive their salary as per usual.

On Monday, Madam Justice Edwina Grima has issued an order to freeze all assets held by Keith Schembri, his wife and one of his two daughters, among others.

In the court application filed by Schembri’s lawyers, Edward Gatt and Mark Vassallo, it is being requested for sums of money to be released so that around 100 families would not be affected by the court’s decision to freeze Schembri’s assests.

The companies which belong to Schembri are; Kasco Limited, Kasco Recycling Limited, Its Good Limited, Kasco Engineering Limited, Berner Malta Limited and Kasco Holdings Limited.

The court application states that the employees were to receive their monthly salary on Friday and some of them were to receive it Tuesday coming. Schembri’s lawyers said that these employees have financial commitments which they need to meet and they also need to meet the needs of their families.

His lawyers also said that to freeze all of Keith Schembri’s assets is an exaggerated decision and that his employees should not be victim of this injustice.