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The Nationalist Party is deeming the appointment of new Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit chairman Jesmond Gatt as illegal, accusing Prime Minister Robert Abela and Finance Minister Edward Scicluna of failing to follow the proper legal procedure.
At a press conference, party leader Bernard Grech said that the behaviour of Abela and Scicluna “also betrays their incompetence and their lack of awareness of the function and duties of parliament where public appointments are concerned.”
He said that the appointment of Gatt confirmed that Abela was following on the footsteps of his disgraced predecessor, Joseph Muscat, by showing contempt of the country’s institutions.
The PN’s spokesperson on good governance Karol Aquilina highlighted that according to the Public Administration Act, the PM should nominate a prospective FIAU chairman at least 20 days in advance and inform Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee. The appointment should only take place after parliamentary scrutiny.
He emphasised the importance of the FIAU in light of the struggle against money laundering, corruption and organised crime.
Consequently, according to the PN, Abela and Scicluna needed to assume responsibility for their actions. Aquilina highlighted that Scicluna was aware of the wrongdoing, having informed the chair of the parliamentary committee when Parliament flagged the matter.