Second asset freeze ordered against Schembri – Caruana Galizia

Keith-Schembri

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Matthew Caruana Galizia wrote that a second asset freeze has been ordered against Keith Schembri, former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s Chief of Staff.

On Monday, Judge Edwina Grima ordered an asset freeze against Schembri and others affiliated with Nexia BT, including Brian Tonna and Karl Cini, as well as Schembri’s company and others.

The court concluded that there is reasonable suspicion that money laundering offences have been committed. The order followed a request by the Attorney General to freeze the assets of 40 individuals and several companies.

On Twitter, Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, said that a second asset freeze was ordered against Schembri since the first one lacked certain assets.

Yesterday the Attorney General asked Judge Edwina Grima to issue a decree for an investigation to be launched into whom leaked the asset freeze on Monday, as she said that this was illegal.

Caruana Galizia remarked that had the asset freeze not been leaked, the public would not have been able to contribute the names of the missing assets. He said that the first asset freeze lacked certain entities which have been in the public domain for almost five years, thanks to the investigative work done by the ICIJ and his mother.

Following the asset freeze, Keith Schembri was arrested by police at around 12.30am on Tuesday, and spent until around 9pm at the Police Headquarters in Floriane. He was unwilling to coordinate until the conclusions of the inquiry were disclosed to him and his legal team. He was then released on police bail.

Brian Tonna and Karl Cini from Nexia BT were also interrogated by police.