Watch: Action won’t be taken until investigations are concluded – Farrugia

MPs asked about investigations concerning Keith Schembri

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Minister Michael Farrugia said that action won’t be taken until police investigations are concluded.

The Energy Minister was asked to comment about the testimony of ex-FIAU Director Manfred Galdes. Galdes had said that there was enough evidence for Keith Schembri to be investigated. Galdes was testifying during the public inquiry concerning Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination. Keith Schembri was the Chief of Staff of former PM Joseph Muscat.

Farrugia said that the police are tasked with investigations. They also hold discussions with the Attorney General.

OPM Minister Carmelo Abela said that one should wait for the outcome of the public inquiry. He said that he won’t be answering on behalf of the police force. He also said that during his tenure as police minister he never interfered in their work about whether or not to investigate something.

Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said that the police should investigate “everything”.

PL Whip Glenn Bedingfield said that one should wait for the outcome of the public inquiry. Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis insisted that the institutions were functioning.

Galdes testified on the 20th of January in the public inquiry. He said that it was “suspicious” that the financial intelligence unit he headed wasn’t given the necessary resources when investigations into Keith Schembri started.

Galdes described how he had at least on one occasion passed on information directly to the police commissioner. The information concerned politically exposed persons (PEPs). He felt that there was enough information to warrant a police investigation.