PRESS RELEASE BY THE CHIEF OF STAFF IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

I refer to the front page report of The Sunday Times of Malta. I indeed express my amazement at the detailed reporting of an FIAU report allegedly issued in my regards, since to date I have never been informed or otherwise made aware of the existence of any such report. Neither have I ever been questioned by any official of the FIAU nor been asked to provide any information to the Unit.

I will not comment on the apparent conclusions of the report as reported, apart from re-affirming that I have never received, solicited, or otherwise induced anyone to give me monies I was not rightfully due. I would like to point out that it makes no sense that I would have participated in the activities the alleged report refers to by making use of a personal bank account, registered in my name here in Malta and then further proceeding to make use of it for personal use by means of a credit card, thus making the existence of same account and funds known to all regulatory entities.

I do however note the timing of the publication of this alleged report, falling right in the middle of an electoral campaign. The report itself, the methods, and strategies deployed in this regard all smack of political expediency.

Source: Government of Malta