Monday, May 31, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Now that it has former Times of Malta Managing Director Adrian Hillman in its jurisdiction, I do not want to see the typical Maltese court technique applied to obviously guilty parties aligned with the despicable Labour Party, meaning dragging out the case for years, until the public loses interest, and Hillman escapes justice through some technical flaw of the prosecutor or court. We have seen enough of these "Maltese Acquittals," as I like to call them, where Justice Delayed always amounts to Justice Denied. Your judiciary is a cruel joke played upon honest people.
The Times of Malta is a national treasure and trusted by the people of Malta. For Hillman to have prostituted himself, and allowed the devil incarnate, Keith Schembri, to dictate editorial policy, especially regarding Opinion pieces favouring Labour, is inexcusable. Hillman deserves a substantial sentence for his long-term corruption, for to give him any lesser punishment allows him to cheat Lady Justice.
As for Keith Schembri, he richly deserves to spend the report of his short life in an isolation cell, protected from Labour Party assassins, to contemplate his sins. I cannot understand how a strict Roman Catholic country has spawned so many government officials who lack an ounce of integrity. How do they look at themselves in the mirror each morning ?
Finally, regarding the individual dubbed the Queen of Corruption, Joseph Muscat, for whom Hllman sold out his newspaper, and his Soul, and who is behind most of the evil that has existed, and still exists, in the Republic of Malta, a Life Sentence in an American Federal Prison, where there is no possibility of Parole under our laws, might just bring closure to Malta's nightmare. Pray for it, Malta.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Social media in Dominica has identified the vessel used to extract Mehul Choksi from Antigua. One source says the attached ship's Passenger List identifies the two Indian nationals who were involved in his kidnapping.
One Facebook post claims that Choksi was not listed on any documents when he arrived in Dominica. Apparently there are passport photographs of the Indian agents. As details become known, we shall update our readers accordingly.
Choksi appears to have been injured during his extraction.
New information just received appears to have answered our question about whether the aircraft was India's version of "Con Air, " a prisoner transport, or Choksi's proposed escape vehicle. Data shows as follows:
Qatar Executive (a subsidiary of Qatar Airways) Flight QQE248, departed Doha on 27 May, arriving in New Delhi. Departed New Delhi 28 May, arriving in Dominica, with an en route stop in Madrid.
Given these facts, it is prudent to assume that this is a flight commissioned by the Government of India, and that the stop in India was to pick up documents and/or government officials to assist in Choksi's anticipated repatriation.
This Qatar-registered business jet, a Bombardier Global Express 5000, a long-range transport, has arrived at Dominica's primitive Douglas-Charles Airport. Was it sent by the Government of India to repatriate its Most Wanted ($2bn) fugitive ? Is it India's luxury version of Con Air ?
Or did Choksi's lawyers charter it to whisk him away, should they prevail on Tuesday ? Stay tuned for the answer.
On another note, some sources are saying that Choksi actually has a Dominica CBI passport/ If so, he has a real problem. Section 7 on the Dominica passport states:
"DUAL NATIONALITY. Citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica who are also citizens of foreign countries cannot avail themselves of the protection of the representative of Dominica, against the authorities of that foreign country,and are not exempt by reason of possessing Dominica citizenship, from any obligation ... to which they may be liable under foreign law."
Therefore, should India's Biggest Fraudster choose to pull out his Dominica passport, he will just facilitate his deportation straight to India.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Why is this man laughing ?
Today's hearing resulted in the Court scheduling Choksi's attorneys' Habeus Corpus petition for June 2, 2021. The Government of Dominica and counsel for Choksi must file their affidavits no later than June 1. Choksi has been ordered tested for COVID-19, and thereafter detained until the Court makes a decision on where he is to be transferred. His access to counsel, which was previously denied to him, has now been protected. There is a Gag Order in place regarding the proceeding,meaning that the attorneys are not allowed to speak with the press.
The real story behind the "kidnapping" remains a mystery. Was it really a ploy by Choksi to foil his impending extradition, a real rendition by Indian law enforcement agents, or something else entirely ? One source even asserts that Choksi has a Dominica CBI passport, but his current nationality remains in controversy, especially since obtaining a second passport reportedly causes one to lose his Indian citizenship entirely.
Here is the complete text of the Order entered today at the High Court:
Mr Julian Prevost, Mr Wayne Nordé, Mrs Cara Shillingford-Marsh and Mr
Wayne Marsh Attorneys at Law for the Applicant and the Hon.
Attorney-General Mr Levy A Peter on behalf of the respondents
AND UPON the application for Habeas Corpus and injunction coming up for hearing inter partes
AND UPON IT being agreed by the parties that the applicant will be transported to the Dominica China Friendship Hospital for medical attention and for the administration of a Covid test
AND UPON Counsel agreeing that depending on the outcome of the Covid Test that the parties shall have discussions as to the mutually agreed secure placement of the applicant and inform the court thereof
AND UPON Consideration of part 57 of the Civil Procedure Rule 2000
IT IS ORDERED that:
That the applicant be allowed to meet with his Legal Counsel as is required;
The injunction restraining the respondents whether by themselves, servants, agents and/or representatives from removing the applicant from The Commonwealth of Dominica until further or other hearing of this application is continued until the further hearing of this matter;
The respondents shall file and serve their affidavit(s)in response to the application filed herein on or before 10:30 AM on Tuesday 1st June 2021;
The applicant shall file any affidavit in reply if necessary, on or before 3:30 PM on Tuesday 1st June 2021;
The application for Habeas Corpus will be heard in open court on Wednesday 2nd June 2021 at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the forenoon;
Liberty to apply; and
The applicant has conduct of this order; and
There shall be no publication or discussion or notification of the press regarding this matter without leave and or permission of the court.
While everyone in the Republic of Malta seems to be celebrating the fact that the European Anti-money Laundering agrncy MONEYVAL has announced that it will not place the country on its Grey List, compliance officers there know very well that the crisis is not over quite yet. The Financial Action Task Force, or FATF, has yet to weigh in on Malta's rampant money laundering problems.
If you have a sense of history, you know that the FATF originated the Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories List, better known as the NCCT List. Being placed upon that list was, in many ways, a financial death blow to the jurisdictions named & shamed, when it came to attracting legitimate capital. While the FATF has largely abandoned that chilling practice, Malta's unique position, within the Schengen Zone, giving financial criminals visa-free entre' into EU Members, might be judged serious enough to warrant such extreme action by the FATF.
Therefore, Malta should not pat itself on the back just yet. To insure a positive outcome, we recommend that it immediately follow the Magistrate's Report delivefed many months ago, and bring money laundering charges against the directors and senior officers of PILATUS BANK. It should also consider the same action against the officers who ran SATABANK at the same time, to show their commitment to EU standards, when it comes to AML/CFT matters. Consider it a bit of insurance against untoward evnts in the future. Think about it, Malta.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
The truth about the confusing Choksi incident has finally become known; he was duly taken into custody (a/k/a kidnapped) by a pair of law enforcement agents from his native India, assisted by members of the Antiguan Police, blindfolded, roughed up a bit, taken away in a fast speedboat, and delivered to the Dominica Coast Guard Police, who placed him in the local jail in Roseau, in isolation.
Antigua's Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, when contacted by Dominica authorities, allegedly advised that Choksi was in Dominica illegally, and was considered persona non grata and, deported to India. Thereafter, a jet was dispatched from India, to repatriate Choksi, and face justice. His Indian captors then reportedly retired, to await the arrival of the transport.
Choksi's attorneys in Antigua engaged local counsel in Dominica. Three of them, initially denied visitation with their client, eventually were permitted one to consult with Choksi, who complained about his injuries and treatment, and expressed fear about his well-being should he be returned to India, where he has been charged with a $2bn fraud.
Apparently the lawyers, Wayne Norde,Wayne Marsh and Cara Shillingford-Marsh, then petitioned a local judge of the High Court of Justice, as local media is reporting that what amounts to a temporary restraining order was thereafter issued, to stop the country's Chief Immigration Officer from allowing Choksi to be repatriated. There will be an emergency hearing held tomorrow, May 28, 2011, at 9:00 AM.
We shall be closely monitoring the outcome of that hearing, and shall forthwith report on any decision or ruling that occurs. Choksi remains in police custody.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
The court in Greece that is handling the extradition proceedings against Pantelis Varnavas, Ms. Efimova's husband, The Board of Appeals of Eastern Crete, has postponed the case until October, so that it may further examine the validity of the Cypriot arrest warrants filed against him. Most legal observers have concluded that the charges are totally bogus, were filed by corrupt forces in Cyprus allied with Malta, and were designed to force Maria to return to Malta to face trumped-up criminal charges intended to destroy her credibility as a witness in the Egrant scandal. Maria's identical arrest warrant, also bogus, was cancelled by INTERPOL as being political in nature. Her husband has filed a similar petition with the international police agency, seeking the same relief.
In a recent interview for Greek media, and appearing in Documento, the family's attorney, Eva Ambazi, stated that she had applied to INTERPOL for the cancellation of the arrest warrant due to "political expediencies.' She went on to say " We consider that all the prosecution is political, and is done for reasons of revenge and pressure on Efimova, because they could not beat her, as [it] has cancelled its own arrest warrant - with a similar indictment - by INTERPOL." She went on to say that INTERPOL found that the charges against Maria were "fabricated."
For a reason why Cyprus would stoop to seeking his extradition on fabricated charges, Ms. Ambazi concluded " it is not surprising that the persecution is taking place on Cyprus and Malta, because the two states are known as money laundering paradises of the big interests of the oligarchs. The relations and connections of the two countries can with simple research be found in this direction in both countries. "
NOTE: these are unofficial translations from the original Greek.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Government sources in Antigua & Barbuda have advised that MEHUL CHOKSI, India's most wanted financial criminal, was kidnapped by bounty hunters in the Caribbean nation, and taken by speedboat out of the country. There is no indication that he was harmed in the process. Who engaged the individuals in the team that extracted Choksi remains unknown as of today, Tuesday May 25th. There are other details but it has been suggested that they not be publicly divulged at this time.
Last year, we warned our readers that Maltese citizens would soon find it difficult, if not impossible, to open bank accounts abroad at international banks, due to their perceived high-risk status from unfiled money laundering cases, such as PILATUS BANK and SATABANK, where none of the guilty parties have ever been charged with a crime. We believe most of the risk came directly from the Pilatus scandal.
Now, we see that the Times of Malta has stated that this is indeed true, based upon reports from returning Maltese businessmen and affluent residents. Be advised, it is only going to get worse. Wire transfers, in substantial sums, may eventually be declined in London and New York, especially after indictments of prominent Maltese government officials are unsealed and extradition procedures become publicly known in the financial community.
Frankly, those only way out of this mess is to install a reform government, which can charge the guilty, actually convict and imprison them (unlike what presently happens in Malta's corrupt courts) and show the international banking community that it is serious about anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT), by allowing the extradition of those who have committed offenses cognizable as crimes abroad. Anything less than that, and Maltese businessmen who need to purchase anything overseas has better get used to bringing cash, together with proof that the Source of Funds for that money is legitimate.
No wonder a prominent Maltese, when traveling abroad, tells people he is from Greece.
Many of the world's biggest fugitives from justice and targeted money launderers won't be sleeping very well tonight, for an unknown group has extracted India's Most Wanted Fugitives, Mehul Choksi, from Antigua. Choksi, who has been fighting extradition for more than a year, successfully employing a Citizenship by Investment (CBI) passport he purchased before he fled his native India, was traveling to a restaurant when he disappeared. His empty vehicle was found by local police; there were no signs of foul play.
Choksi not only defrauded legitimate businesses out of millions, he also screwed one of india's biggest banks. Precisely where all his stolen millions have been hidden is not known, but banks in the United Kingdom, and in Caribbean tax havensm are believed to have been the recipients.
Experts have advised that there are two possibilities that should be considered;
(1) Agents of a foreign intelligence service kidnapped Choksi, so that he can face the music, meaning criminal court in India. Did US or UK agents covertly and quietly capture him for India, which is not known to have agents operating in the region ?
(2) The alternative is that a private security company which specializes in recovering individuals who cannot be legally returned to face justice, took him into custody. It may have been employed by some of his many victims, and if that is the case, he could be subject to a private, and possiblty brutal, version of interrogation, until he discloses where his stolen assets are being artfully hidden. In that case, we may never see him again alive.
Whatever or whoever captured the fugitive, quickly and quietly removed him from Antigua, as no local residents have come forward to testify that they saw his abduction and removal. While we fully understand the need for Choksi's victims to obtain their money. albeit through harsh methods, he should face his accusers back in India, so that justice can be done, and the full extent of his crimes be publicly known.
The Choksi case is just one more illustration of the reason that, when those who benefit financially from CBI sales are allowed to conduct their own due diligence, bad actors receive passports, which they invariably use to evade justice. In this case, however, someone decided not to play by established international rules, to achieve justice, using alternative means.
Sunday, May 23, 2021
The OAS, whose members designate all the independent states of the Western Hemisphere, named HAMAS, the radical Palestinian organization, a terrorist entity , on May 17, 2021.
Here is the complete text of the OAS Statement:
The recent attacks launched by Hamas against the Israeli civilian population undoubtedly constitute attacks of a terrorist nature. Their violence and the objectives they pursue clearly have this characteristic.
Hamas' terrorist aggression is unlimited and alway seeks civilian victims, seeks to escalate conflict dynamics and armed actions, as well as sowing terror among innocent populations, be they Israeli or Palestinian.
The immoral and unworthy use of children and women as human shields, as well as the militarization of residential areas, constitute in themselves acts that deserve the most absolute repudiation and condemnation.
The initiation of attacks of this nature against a country wit a clear terrorist objective of its civilian population makes the invocation of the principal of legitimate defense by Israel essential.
The Hamas attacks constitute an attack against the peace and security of Israel and the region, and make it imperative to categorize Hamas as a Terrorist organization for the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States.
A reader wrote in today with what he understood were valid objections made to the entry of a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between Malta and the United States. A SOFA details the extent of immunity afforded to American military forces stationed or based in another country for specific matters. It is NOT a blanket grant of immunity for soldiers who commit crimes in the host country.
Here are the points he raised, most likely due to disinformation circulated by the Labour Government in its pro-PL press, and the truth. Question-and-Answer format is being used, to avoid confusion:
1. Will the Central Intelligence Agency receive immunity from prosecution in Malta ? No, only military personnel are covered.
2. What about case of the wife of a UK-based military officer, who killed someone in a car accident, and was taken out of Britain, without being charged there ? That case involved diplomatic immunity it was not a SOFA case.
3. Why was SOFA not implemented by Malta ? US Defence Secretary Esper sent some proposals to Malta PM Abela, who initially accepted them. Based upon the apparent agreement, Esper then flew to Malta, anticipating the expected outcome. Abela changed the terms, apparently because he had internal opposition to them by the Cabinet, and some also advise opposition by Joseph Muscat, who is the de facto dictator of Malta. When Abela backed off from the agreed terms, Esper was heard to say "Are you f***ing kidding me !" The US delegation departed shortly thereafter.
4. What was the extent of the proposed SOFA ? It was extremely limited in scope; it would not apply to common crimes committed by American military personnel in Malta, but to such matters as military actions committed in third countries (not in Malta) that could be charged as criminal violations by foreign courts that do not apply the Rule of Law, or the International Court of Justice, to which the US is not a member.
5. But isn't that different from what was detailed in the Maltese media ? The Malta media twisted the facts, to make it appear that the scope of the SOFA was over broad. This was disinformation and totally untrue.
6. Does the SOFA agreement place Malta in the category of US Ally ? No, the proposed bespoke agreement respected Malta's neutrality. It was tailored for Malta's special status.
7. Weren't there going to be joint operations, on Hurd's Bank, between the US Forces and special operations troops from the Armed Forces of Malta ? Yes, but again there was internal Cabinet opposition.
As you can see, what you read in the Maltese press at the time, which was obviously a carefully crafted work of public relations, was far fro the truth, and falsely depicted the US as an evil superpower that was denied preferential treatment by Malta's leaders. The fault for the failure lies with Malta's prime minister, not the United States, which made a good faith effort to conclude a fair agreement. Malta's leaders, for political gain, torpedoed the talks. The sole blame is with them.
Buried in the news this week was a reference to an upcomng meeting this month between the foreign ministers of Malta and Russia. It appears that Malta's senior leaders, rightly fearing that a number of them will be imminently charged with money laundering in the US, UK or Italy, are looking eastward for allies. Given Malta's neutral or non-aligned status (thank you, Dom for that catastrophic error) and long history of relationships with Eastern dictatorships, it is not surprising that, when its undemocratic and crime-infested government is on the sh_t list with the European Union in Brussels, it looks for support elsewhere, no mater how unsuitable and dangerous such overtures may be.
Should the EU be concerned ? Absolutely, for Malta has become the proverbial Soft Underbelly of Europe, a place where easy entry, under Schengen Rules, allows bad actors unfettered access. Now, if the Russian Government, which already has intelligence operations based there, begins widespread use of Malta into Europe, for many purposes besides sanctions evasion, money laundering and influence peddling, then a Clear and Present Danger will exist. The door to Muscat's chicken coop will be wide open.
Given that Russia currently occupies the Crimea and parts of the Ukraine, and is threatening the Baltic Countries, do not expect a benevolent relationship to ensue. Russia will exploit Malta, and there will be unintended consequences for the country that cannot be foreseen at this stage.
We wonder whether this just a ploy by Malta's Godfather, Joseph Muscat, to evade Western justice by cutting a favourable deal with Russia, and then relocating to Moscow, from where he cannot be extradited to the West. Is this all about staying out of an American prison ?
Most of our readers are familiar with the incident where Robert Abela, the Prime Minister of Malta, refused to assist the visiting American Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper, close the offshore shallow anchorage, known as Hurd's Bank, to international sanctions evasion activity. The Secretary is said to have used profanity, after he and a large staff flew in, duly invited, on three American military aircraft, to discuss details about the status of US military personnel, and naval assets, to be temporarily based there, only to be presented with completely unsatisfactory terms and conditions.
Hurd's Bank is an international region of the Central Mediterranean adjacent to Maltese territorial waters which has become a covert offshore transfer point for Iranian oil under international sanctions. Nations reportedly utilizing its calm, shallow waters for this illicit activity include Iran, Syria, The DPRK (North Korea), Venezuela and Russia; a number of international terrorist organizations, including Hamas and Hezbollah, are also believed to have also participated in transfers there. US surveillance drones flying out of NATO Sigonella in Italy monitor Hurd's Bank activity
What you probably don't know is that US operations contemplated by its Department of Defence included supplementing American Naval Forces assigned to interdict the illicit oil smuggling traffic with a US Marine Corps contingent from the Fleet, and the US Navy SEALS, to disrupt ship-to-ship transfers.
Most veteran Malta watchers believe that it was former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who originally opposed EU Membership, and is known to want to keep Malta out of NATO, and focuaed one Middle East and North African allies, who ordered Abela to set unsatisfactory terms before the US, so that no agreement would be concluded. He is no friend of the United States, as is reportedly seeking closer international relations with Russia and China. `
Will the United States have to find another port facility to base an operation against Iranian oil transfers Hurd's Bank, or will attitudes change under a new government ? Stay tuned.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Since we know for a fact that all of Malta's principal government agencies and institutions are infected with corruption, at the highest level, should we not expect to find the same situation within the country's military ? Surveillance of Michelle Muscat, the estranged wife of Malta's disgraced former Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, has revealed that she regularly visits the Marsascala home of Brigadier General Jeffrey Curmi, the Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta, the country's integrated land-sea-air defence force. Reportedly, the couple have been carrying on an affair for some time. Mrs. Muscat, who is not divorced from her husband, is said to have had a previous romantic relationship with Colonel Mark Mallia, the Deputy Commander of AFM.
Brigadier Curmi is known to be a close friend of Joseph Muscat, and his controversial fast-track promotion, from Major to Brigadier General, immediately after Muscat assumed power in 2013, which generated complaints on an official level, means that he owes a huge debt to his mentor, which can never be fully repaid. Such promotions do not occur in the military, except in those rare combat situations when senior commanders are killed in action, or cashiered. These were peacetime promotions.
Therefore, we must assume that Curmi is serving as an unofficial advisor to Mr. Muscat, on a number of levels. Due to his extensive experience with explosive ordinance, He probably was consulted regarding the technical aspects of the Daphne investigation; On a darker note, due to training he received at the US Defence Intelligence Agency, he may be acting as an advisor on the active US investigation into money laundering and corruption, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The AFM is known to be openly supportive of the ruling Labour Party, and his sympathies in that regard are obvious.
What else should we be looking at ? The AFM not only is involved in security at the Malta International Airport (MIA), but also with security at the country's sovereign maritime territory and airspace. Is smuggling of narcotics, fuel, or weapons and munitions facilitated, assisted or condoned, especially in light of the ongoing civil was in Libya, and violations of Iran's international sanctions on petroleum products. is there bulk cash smuggling, as part of a money laundering programme ? And is Mrs Muscat an intermediary in criminal matters involving the AFM ?
These issues deserve immediate investigations, by outside law enforcement agencies, or intelligence services.
Friday, May 21, 2021
The question that is now being asked between close friends, discussing what has been described as a required secret component of all Presidential Pardons granted in the Republic of Malta by the Cabinet: a dirty little secret that the public, if it knew, might result in huge protests the likes of which have only appeared before for Daphne. The secret cannot be kept any longer.
If you want a Presidential Pardon in Malta, you must promise that your confession absolutely cannot implicate anyone on the upper levels of the sitting Labour Government, or any of their VIP supporters. You must omit any of those individuals from your debriefings by the police, or prosecutors, or regulatory agencies, with no exceptions. That is the cost of the local equivalent of Monopoly's " Get-out-of-Jail-free Card."
Should you fail to keep the names of the guilty PL officials out of your statements, your pardon will be revoked, and any benefits conferred upon you will be cancelled. Now we know why the Cabinet has been known to deny applicants the pardons they seek. It's not about law enforcement deciding that an applicant must be punished for his sins; it's about the Cabinet deciding that the applicant cannot be trusted to keep the Members' darkest secrets.
This is just one more example of how Malta's broken legal system functions. Its primary focus is to protect those in power, and the ends of justice come in a poor second to that primary directive. The guilty may cheat justice through a pardon, but only it is in the best interests of the power structure, to perpetuate its unfettered rule over Malta and all its residents. We hope that God protects the Maltese people, because its leaders certainly aren't doing so.
"I do not think for one moment that the prime minister is 'failing to understand the gravity of the situation' or 'the responsibility his position and words should carry.'
Prime Minister R Abela is fully cognizant of the fact that Joseph Muscat and himself, jointly, have been successfully running a corrupt governance, with unpunished organized criminality, and he hopes, prays, and keeps his fingers crossed behind his back, that he will get away with it one more time.
Even if rather late in the day, he should be made to discard that delusion."
...AND WHISPERED IN THE SOUND OF SILENCE.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
We have been following developments in a case involving a whistleblower in Malta who is being prevented from disclosing critical information about corruption among senior officials at the highest level on orders of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. While we cannot publish details of his information, as the matter is under investigation, this individual who is being regarded as a direct threat by Muscat, who knows and obviously fears him.
Here is how the whistleblower has been prevented from delivering what should be considered as the proverbial Smoking Gun:
(1) The Office of the Prime Minister, and Ministry of the Interior, have indefinitely delayed processing his whistleblower status, for no proper reason.
(2) The Malta Police have brought bogus criminal charges against him, using a Confidential Informant in the known employ of Malta Security Services (MSS), and thereafter deliberately delayed the case until 2022. This makes it impossible for him to have credibility if he (or she) chooses to blow their whistle outside of Malta, as well as stops any domestic whistleblower status processing cold.
We note that, when Joseph Muscat passed Malta's current Whistleblower Act, he placed a loophole in it. If OPM is the target, how can one go to OPM to make a complaint ? It will get sidetracked, delayed and ultimately dismissed. This flaw in the act was deliberately placed there to protect the corrupters by JM personally. It was his own design, according to PL insiders. Maria Efimova, Malta's most celebrated whistleblower, has faced the same obstacles in her quest for truth and justice.
So, our whistleblower cannot move forward, thanks to Muscat's continued interference. Efforts by MSS to kill that individual off last year failed, so presently all attention is being directed to keeping him from exposing Truth to Power.
When a sitting government minister is found to be involved in a bank heist at HSBC, but local law enforcement fails to charge him, notwithstanding overwhelming evidence, risk officers at any international banks thinking of opening up in Malta will block such action every time. The case, and other major crimes, have greatly damaged Malta's image. No wonder Malta's leaders are concerned that their country's risk level has now increased to that of a number of countries in Africa, and far higher than any in the European Union.
Anyone who has taken the time to review the evidence in the HSBC case knows that Carmelo Abela, the Interior Minister (and responsible for the police force) programmed the key cards, and filmed a walk through, with his phone, to guide the robbers to the bank's vault. Minister Abela choreographed the team of thieves; he was to receive €300k as his cut. Former police officer and later law firm partner David Gatt coordinated and planned the heist with former minister Chris Cardona.
How on earth can any bank's board of directors even consider expanding their operations into Malta when they see that local government officials are deeply involved in money laundering, banking criminal organizations, receiving payments, and, as we see here, even assisting bank robbers in their operations. Their lawyers will veto any such moves, and they will be eminently correct. Malta now enjoys the unenviable reputation of being a country where even the bankers are career criminals.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
The Attorney General of the Kingdom of Bahrain has announced that he has referred for criminal prosecution the Central Bank of Iran, and twelve of the country's banks, including Bank Melli and Bank Saderat, on charges of money laundering, in connection with international sanctions evasion, in an amount stated to be in excess of $1.3bn. The case is connected to the Future Bank scandal.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Now that there is a new Deputy Commissioner of Police that comes from the Economic Crimes unit, ALEXANDRA MAMO, and with an outstanding reputation, we have a suggestion for the people of Malta : contact her, each of you, and urge her to bring money laundering charges against the last directors of Pilatus Bank. If you don't know who they are, or what they look like, read our article entitled The Consequences of Malta's Failure to Indict Iranian-Controlled Pilatus Bank Officials have now increased. Their photos are in that article.
Where are these individuals working now ? What businesses are they engaged in ? Perform a public service, and take a bite out of crime: tell the Deputy Commissioner everything.
Help clean up Malta. God knows she needs it;Turn in a money launderer.
Monday, May 17, 2021
How do you tell the difference between a true democracy and a state where one party violates the Rule of law daily ? It's the amount of time that it takes for a criminal case, affecting the ruling elite, to get to trial, that is if it ever does. In Malta, Antigua, and many other countries with autocratic regimes, the people in power intentionally delay justice, hoping that the complainants will die off, the Statute of Limitations will run out, the evidence will disappear, or the people will simply forget about the case. Justice Delayed indefinitely is Justice Denied.
Down in the Commonwealth of Dominica, after seven long years of delay after delay, appeal after appeal, and a final slap on the writs from a high regional court NOT located in Dominica, the ruling regime's leaders have finally been required to enter pleas to the corruption charges, and the case has been, at long last, set for trial on July 8, 2021. The defendants are the country's greedy leader, Roosevelt Skerritt, and most of his associates in government; gypsies, tramps and thieves, all of them.
Of course, due to the unconscionable delays, al engineered by the regime, one complainant has died, and another forced to withdraw due to threats made against his family. Whether the case actually goes to trial is questionable, as some sort of delay will manifest itself; it always does. There's no justice in Dominica, just the East Caribbean version of what happens whenever the Rule of Law is perverted by corrupt leaders.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
The members of the state judiciary which are the subject of the victims' complaints, some of which have been officially filed with the agencies and departments that handle are only part of the massive problem. Missing court files, pleadings, original documents, filings be defense counsel and Pro Se litigants defending their homes, not only interfere with the timely administration of justice, in many cases they case justice to be denied, both at the trial court, as well as appellate, level. Some judges actually erroneously enter final rulings on foreclosures of the residences, without having access to the missing court files or critical filings missing from the dockets. That is how bad the situation has become.
Some state court judges assigned to foreclosure and eviction action are openly pro-banking and mortgage company, and consistently antagonistic toward defense counsel. Many lenders make substantial contribution to judges' reelection campaigns, targeting judges who came from law firms that represented lenders, and this affects the treatment those lawyers receive in judicial proceedings against borrowers who have fallen upon hard financial times, due to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Some of these judges, whose judicial temperament and reputation for fairness is marginal at best, are known to be openly favoring attorneys for the mortgage foreclosure mills, who are filing forged documents, including fraudulent notarized affidavits, and affidavits filed in bad faith, all designed to secure the desired result: a final judgment of foreclosure. many of these judges, even when confronted with bank misconduct or fraud, refuse to take any punitive action. Often, judgments are entered when no default exists, or judgment was entered due to misstatements of material facts.
Some courts are blaming COVID Pandemic staff cuts for lack of access to documents, lack of notice regarding hearings, and failure to copy borrowers with court rulings until the time to appeal has expired, all of which result in miscarriages of justice for senior citizens, many of who have no attorneys to protect their interests.
Specific cases of judicial misconduct have been cited in California's El Dorado County, where rulings by clearly partisan members of the bench have resulted in illegal foreclosures and evictions, notwithstanding Federal and State emergency regulations and law designed to protect borrowers. One judge, Superior Court Judge Dylan Sullivan, reputed to be pro-banking, was reportedly removed from hearing foreclosure cases, due to her overt prejudice against defendants in foreclosure actions, and ordering evictions, in violation of emergency regulations.
Judge Sullivan illegally and improperly removed homeowners time after time, ignoring valid defenses, and violating the law. She committed many of the violations of civil procedure and the law which was discussed above. many of her most egregious acts and evil rulings were focused upon individuals with Spanish, or Hispanic, last names, which appear to constitute Civil Rights Laws violations.
Her procedural, legal, ethical and moral violations were so excessive that the District Attorney excluded her from judicial proceedings until further notice, pursuant to California Civil Code Statute §170.6, which prohibits the judiciary from hearing cases "when it is established, as provided in this section, that the judge or court commissioner is prejudiced against a party or attorney, or the interest of a party or attorney appearing in the action or proceeding."
Should the judge, or any other judge, commit similar acts, the District Attorney is authorized to exclude them from judicial proceedings. Judges must not favor the bank and mortgage companies over the borrowers; they must be neutral, andnapply the law and the rules of procedure evenly and fairly.
Having had personal experience in this field; first as bank counsel seeking to work out defaulted loans, then as an attorney for banks, foreclosing upon mortgages, and finally as a defendant in a foreclosure case myself, I know first hand how important it is for the members of the judiciary to treat all parties to the litigation fairly, and with respect. That is clearly not happening in California, and the US Department of Justice must open a criminal investigation into these violations of the rights of the borrowers.
Additionally, the appropriate judicial qualification agencies, in the states where the violations are occurring, should be tasked with investigating all instances of reported judicial misconduct in foreclosure cases, and remove from the bench all individuals who are found to have violated the law.
Being that today is Ascension Day, with all that it entails, a moral lesson is in order.
This week's arrest of two individuals in Malta, who had five kilograms of cocaine in their possession, again reminds us of Malta's persistent, and unsolved, cocaine problem. Here in the United States, five kilos represents a red line between dealing and trafficking, and it brings with it a 5-year mandatory minimum for sentencing under Federal Law.The fact one of those in possession was an Italian national is also troublesome, for it generally confirms organized crime connections, or trafficking into the Continent of Europe was the intent.
As an international seaport of entry for the European Union, the country has a long and dark history of being a transit point for large quantities of the drug. This point is brought home again and again by major seizures by Customs, notwithstanding the rampant corruption among employees. Given the close relationship between Venezuelan organization, and Maltese money launderers, one must correctly assume that the country of origin is more often Venezuela, rather than Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia, the other principal "exporting" countries for the drug.
Of course, a significant portion of the cocaine is diverted, and ends up in the noses of Maltese affluent enough to afford regular use. The known daily consumers, which include prominent criminal defence attorneys, Television presenters, and politicians, support a covert distribution network, which is expanding. PL politicians have been regularly used of profiting from the local consumption of the drug.
One cocaine abuser once said it " is like flying to Paris for breakfast. " Yes, it is ego building, and it has been accused of giving its users a feeling of accomplishment and well-being, albeit temporarily, although medical evidence confirms its ability to permanently damage the body of its users, particularly the heart.The recent addition of Fentnyl, which often causes fatal overdoses, makes abuse extremely dangerous.
Malta, of course, has its own specific issues with cocaine, most notably the notorious brick of cocaine at Labour Party club, which was artfully covered up at the time by Party Deputy Leader, attorney Toni Abela, who prevented police from investigating the two Party members implicated. That affair prevented Abela from obtaining a prominent position at the European Court of Auditors, but did not prevent him from being sworn in, in 2016 ,to become a judge, by the country's arcane and corrupt judicial selection system.
Then there's the mysterious mailing of packets of cocaine to the offices of two Nationalist Party leaders; it was assumed that the recipients would open them, and Malta's Police would magically appear and test those individuals for cocaine residue, arresting them immediately thereafter, in a contrived criminal case designed to discredit them politically at election time.
The bottom line is that cocaine use is pervasive in Malta, and it rots the moral fiber of its users, many of whom, in Malta, are already engaged in criminal acts. Unless the country actually starts punishing traffickers, and naming and shaming users, it will remain a problem.
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Reports from the Middle East have confirmed that Israeli missiles have attacked the headquarters of the on of the two Hamas-controlled banks in Gaza, AL-INTAJ BANK as well as four branches of the bank. Additionally, Israeli ordinance destroyed a branch of the ISLAMIC NATIONAL BANK OF GAZA, which is sanctioned by OFAC.
Banks controlled by Hamas reportedly transfer funds to Hamas associates in the West Bank/Judea & Samaria via banks in Turkey, which are then used for terrorist activities inside Israel. The facilitation of terrorist activities originating in Gaza are also funded by the two banks. Therefore, it is probable that the banks' offices were intentionally targeted for destruction, as part of Israel's counter-terrorism programme.
If you were not aware that the world's law enforcement community is taking a hard look at Malta, think again. INTERPOL, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has notified Maria Efimova that it has accepted the application of her husband, Pantelis Varnavas, to challenge the extradition warrant issued by the Republic of Cyprus, to extradite him on what are known to be bogus criminal charges. This is govspeak for an admission by INTERPOL that it will consider whether the charges lodged against Varnavas as purely political in nature, have no basis in fact, and should be deleted and stricken from the international agency's records, at its Commission for Control (CCF). I have seen the original document, and have verified its contents. Unfortunately, it is confidential in nature and content, and we cannot display it in the public sphere.
It is common knowledge that the charges were filed by one corrupt government, Cyprus, to aid and assist another corrupt government, Malta, in order to force Ms. Efimova to submit to totally bogus criminal charges there. The regime in Malta needs to discredit her, after she identified Michelle Muscat, Joseph's wife, as the beneficial owner of an offshore company holding his bribe money, and they desperately need a conviction to attack her credibility.
It appears that INTERPOL will examine whether Malta files political cases as crimes, much like occurs in corrupt Banana Republics in Latin America and the Caribbean, and certainly not befitting a Member of the European Union. This is how far Malta has fallen in the eyes of the world.
We shall update our readers when a decision has been reached by the Secretariat to the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL Files.
If you thought that Donald Trump and Roger Stone were the kings of dirty political tricks, they have nothing on Malta's disgraced cashiered ex-Prime minister, Joseph Muscat. When Muscat was forced to resign, after being implicated in the assassination of Malta's most prominent investigative reporter, Daphne Caruana Galizia, he had to insure that his successor would protect him from criminal charges. He not only was concerned about the Daphne investigation, but also feared being charged with money laundering, as he was cleaning his bribe & kickback income through a variety of methods in Malta.
Muscat's first choice was, of course, his legal advisor, Robert Abela, but the unofficial polls showed that the Deputy Prime Minister, Chris Fearne, was several percentage points ahead of Abela in the polls.. Therefore, JM needed to place an ally inside the Fearne campaign, to effectively sabotage it internally. Of course, he could not be seen to be interfering, or his plans would surely backfire.
He found that individual in Glenn Bedingfield, his former advisor, and a close friend for over twenty years. Both started off as propagandists (journalists) for Labour. Both men campaigned against EU membership, but promptly went off to Brussels as MEPs after Membership was achieved. Were they opportunists ? We will let you be the judge of that.
Bedingfield then openly supported Fearne, and worked within his campaign, to torpedo it from within, which eventually resulted in Abela's selection as PM. Today, Fearne pretends that all is well internally with the Labour Party, but this could not be further from the truth. PL is adept at concealing internal discord.
Meanwhile, you can bet that new efforts by Fearne to again seek the premier's job in the next election will be met with a "Chinese Whisper" campaign, detailing his purported shortcomings, including but not limited to, his philandering, which is deemed unsuitable for Malta's political leaders who are married, akin to sexual harassment in a religious conservative country.
And that's how a former PM, at risk for multiple criminal charges, guaranteed that he would never have to face accountability for them; he saw that his fair-haired lawyer was selected to succeed him.