One after another, whether EU Members or not, the nations of Europe are all investigating financial crime, specifically money laundering, that they have identified with present or former officials in the Republic of Malta. The United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Liechtenstein, Germany, France, Finland and even tiny Andorra, are all engaged, to some degree, in examining financial transactions that are linked, directly or indirectly, to Maltese Politically Exposed Persons, more commonly known as PEPs. The European Commission is also making inquiries daily.
And as the legal net tightens around the suspects, the most prominent of whom has just now resigned from Parliament under a dark shadow, they must surely know that the illicit relationships that they forged with Eastern European organized crime elements have placed them in danger, for any cooperation that they engage in with the authorities of these jurisdictions must of necessity require them to disclose the criminal activities that were of mutual benefit. Many of those organized crime syndicates, fearing exposure, may decide that they do not want their former partners in crime, the corrupt officials, testifying against them.
We are not sure whether this threat is why some of the targets are avoiding the public eye, remaining at home, or even incommunicado, because Malta does have a history of the use of violence by criminal elements, to solve their perceived problems; The threats are real. Whether fear of physical harm drives some of the targets into the arms of law enforcement, seeking witness protection, we cannot say, but the scandal is bound to get ugly before it is completed in the criminal courts.
We are completing an extensive investigation into the complex, and lucrative, relationship between organized crime and the current administration, and we shall be reporting upon it in detail, regarding the techniques being employed, in the near future; stay tuned.