Tuesday, October 20, 2020



                                               Drawing for Proposed Muscat statue

Sources close to the family have reported that Joseph Muscat, Malta's former prime minister, who resigned in disgrace, due to his links to individuals implicated in the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, will be permanently relocating to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is known that he will be engaged in running a catering business, which is connected to a Maltese company. His family is planning on joining him there.

It may be noteworthy to observe that there is no extradition treaty between the UAE and the United States, and Muscat's probable indictment in America may have figured prominently in his decision to move to the Emirates.While the United States does, from time to time, successfully extradite its fugitives from the UAE, there is no guarantee that it will be able to obtain Muscat. Some of these extradition cases take several years to complete, especially if there is any cooperation between the fugitive and the government where he has taken refuge from arrest and trial in the United States.

The Leroy King-Stanford International Bank case in Antigua & Barbuda comes to mind; in that case, repeated and unexplained changes in the judges assigned to hear the case, new attorneys filing appearances and needing time to review the complex case, and frivolous multiple appeals all kept the wolf away from the door for more than a  decade, but eventually the US got their man, and he is awaiting sentencing in US District Court in Texas as we speak.

                                     Former Antigua senior government official Leroy King

 Muscat will be restricted, and most likely prevented from leaving the UAE while the process is ongoing.  He may feel trapped. We are wondering: Does this mean Muscat will not be returning to Valletta for the unveiling of his statue in Valletta in 2021? We understand that he did quietly commission it to be completed by that time; your tax dollars at work.

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