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Opposition Leader and Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that the Police have not called him for questioning. Delia was asked by Newsbook.com.mt whether he sees it fit to stay on, despite an ongoing police investigation into alleged money laundering flagged by a Police Superintendent in Court last week.
The investigation is about an alleged money laundering of illicit takings of a prostitution racket in Soho, UK, on behalf of Eucharist and Emanuel Bajada, a story which was first reported by slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The PN leader replied ‘I’d like to know about a police investigation where the person of interest has not been called for questioning after three years’.
During a public inquiry sitting, when Police Superintendent Ray Aquilina was summoned, the witness said that Daphne Caruana Galizia’s the Running Commentary was treated as an open source. In his sworn testimony Aquilina had said that the FIAU had drawn up a suspicious transaction report which was passed on to the police.
The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit would forward such reports to the police when there is reasonable suspicion that a money laundering offence has taken place for further investigation. The report by the FIAU was drawn up in March 2018.
The witness told the Board of Inquiry that he had investigated the case and passed a report to his superiors for further action.
In a reply to a question put forward by Board Member Madam Justice Abigail Lofaro, Aquilina had said that former Minister Chris Cardona was not under investigation, however, he had confirmed that investigations into Delia were still ongoing.
Police Superintendent Ray Aquilina had said that as far as he was aware there were no magisterial inquiries appointed into the case.
Money laundering offences are limited by a prescriptive period after which no prosecution can take place.