Action against Keith Schembri is long overdue

22 September 2020

We welcome the arrest of Keith Schembri, the former prime minister’s chief of staff, on suspicions of serious financial crime. The action against Schembri and his money laundering network is long overdue.

Daphne Caruana Galizia first revealed Schembri received kickbacks on the sale of Maltese passports, and laundered the proceeds through his network, on 24 April 2017.

For three and a half years, the Malta Police Force and the Attorney General failed in their legal obligations to act against Schembri. A magistrate’s inquest conducted in secret, whose findings remain secret, is no substitute for justice.

Had Malta’s institutions worked effectively from the start, Daphne would be alive today and the country would have been spared years of pain, grief, and shame.