Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Saturday, May 15, 2021

ISRAEL HITS TWO HAMAS BANKS IN GAZA


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.

INTERPOL TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT MALTA'S BACKDOOR ATTACK ON ITS WHISTLEBLOWER'S HUSBAND

 


 

 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.

HOW JOSEPH MUSCAT INSURED THAT HIS PROTECTOR BECAME PRIME MINISTER AFTER HE RESIGNED

 

                                                   Dirty Trickster  by COSIMO

 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. 

 

                                              Bedingfield Unmasked by COSIMO
 

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. 

                                                                 Chris Fearne
 

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.

                                                                     


Friday, May 14, 2021

QATARI GOVERNMENT LETTER ORDERED PAYMENT OF $27m IN BRIBES TO FIFA OFFICIALS

 

 


An Order of Payment, appearing to be from the Government of Qatar, specifying the payment of one hundred Million Qatari Rials (approximately USD$27.75m) to fifteen FIFA officials, has again stirred up the controversy over the global football scandal. As newly discovered evidence, it may ultimately be considered the proverbial "Smoking Gun" in the FIFA bribery scandal, implicating Qatar.

Here is an accurate translation;

Youssef Hussein Kamal,  Finance & Economy Ministry

"I would like to inform you about the letter Number MRW 2009/01/62 , dated 12/02/2009, based upon the recommendations of  His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the revered Prince of the Country, to donate money of one hundred million Qatari Rials, for fifteen members of the FIFA Executive Committee, whose names are listed on the Annex. The sum will be paid under the control of Mr. Mohammed Bin Hamman Abdallah, Chairman of the specific committee in charge of the follow-up of Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup Finals.

This letter includes instructions for the transfer of this sum to the account of Kemko Group (contracts, services and business)as a matter of urgency.

I would like to inform you that according to your instructions, the sum of 100 million Qatari Rials was transferred to the account of the aforementioned company Kemko."

YOUSSEF HUSSEIN  KAMAL

Ministry of Finance & Economy

The above document was delivered to the Anti-corruption Police of France, and Swiss authorities, this week, and is scheduled to be made public today in Europe. We also expect that US authorities have circulated it to the appropriate recipients in the Federal case in SDNY, which is on appeal to the 2nd Circuit.

The names in the Annex shall be released in the near future; stay tuned.

For further information ; https://www.blast-info.fr/articles/2021/qatar-connection-comment-le-qatar-sest-offert-la-coupe-du-monde-2022-ikgi8tVSRb6CM1gtBqd8ka

 


Thursday, May 13, 2021

WILL MUSCAT'S CHIEF OF STAFF REVEAL ALL ON HIS DEATHBED ?

 

                                          KS as Cooperating Individual  by COSIMO
 

Though major media is dancing around the subject, calling it "Serious Illness" before disclosing it as terminal cancer, a term that apparently frightens the Maltese, Schembri's eye cancer has spread to his brain and spine, according to informed medical sources not afraid to speak the truth. His doctors have reportedly given him a month to live.

Keith Schembri's death will have wide-ranging consequences:

(1) The millions in unsecured loans that he has received from several banks will not be repaid. His remaining assets are all held overseas. Domestic funds have long been frozen in his money laundering case, and will probably end up being seized and forfeited.

(2) Will he give up JM on his deathbed, to insure that at least some of his assets remain in family hands ? Considering that he probably thought that Muscat, through the efforts of the current PM, Robert Abela, Muscat's protege', would shield him from arrest, he may now turn on him, to exact his revenge, in a final act of malice.

(3) What about his control of the Malta Security Services  (MSS) ? That local version of the secret police, which engages in dirty tricks, including homicide, may be disbanded, without its leader.

After Schembri is gone, JM without his second in command may be unable to command the same level of respect in Malta's underworld as he does now. Will this hasten his end ? Stay tuned.

JOSEPH MUSCAT; A MARITAL LIFE IN CHAOS DISSECTED

 

                                                         
                                                             Q by COSIMO

Our Labour Party insiders advise that the relationship between former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his estranged wife Michelle is tenuous at best. Here's what we know, after contacting both our best PL sources, as well as close friends of MM:

(1) JM is literally controlling his very unhappy wife, by threatening to withhold his fortune from her.

(2) She doesn't want to be anywhere near him.

(3) She fears she will be in the line of fire when assassins catch up to him.

(4) MM caught JM lying to her about several major issues, which we cannot disclose, lest our sources be unmasked.

(5) JM is afraid that their separation status will eventually cause him problems when criminal cases against him surface.

(6) You can see from the contrived social media postings that JM is playing the happy family, using pictures from last Summer, and posting them as if they are current. It's a obvious fiction.

The relationship, already damaged beyond repair, is about to implode.

UPDATE FROM MALTA'S WHISTLEBLOWER, MARIA EFIMOVA

 

 

                                                   Busted Flush & Checkmate by COSIMO

Given the amount of interest our readers have confirmed by the large number of hits recently on our articles regarding Maria Efimova, we are again updating you on her situation.

(1) The extradition hearing for her husband,  Pantelis Varnavas, has been set for May 21 in Crete. We have previously reported that the charges against him have no basis in fact, are completely bogus, and were obviously filed in Cyprus, by associates of Maltese leaders attempting to uses his case to force Ms. Efimova to return to Malta, where she faces politically-based charges, designed to discredit her testimony and evidence against Michelle Muscat, the estranged wife of former Malta PM Joseph Muscat.

(2) Maria has given a major interview to Greek Channel 1 ( EPT1),  concerning her personal experience as a whistleblower in Malta, and the present situation with whistleblowers in Europe. We hope to have a written translation after the interview appears.

(3) No Maltese officials have responded to Maria's outstanding offer to return to testify in Malta. She requires whistleblower status to be granted, and immunity from prosecution on the bogus charges. It appears that the voters in Malta will have to wait longer for the evidence, since the Maltese leaders refuse to agree, due to the obvious fact that it will further implicate the Muscats, as well as others.

MAJOR US LAW FIRMS AND FORECLOSURE MILLS TOOK CARES ACT MILLIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC WHILE BRINGING FORECLOSURE SUITS AGAINST SENIORS' MORTGAGES


 

 We call it the Law of Unintended Consequences; senior citizens, the very people that Federal Assistance was designed to keep in their homes during the COVID-19 Pandemic, were foreclosed by law firms and foreclosure mills that received CARES Act money to support their employees. According to public records, several major law firms, as well as the notorious foreclosure mill known as FAY SERVICING, all received millions of Federal Assistance dollars, ostensibly to pay their employees, all the while engaged in the lucrative business of foreclosing upon destitute senior citizens confined to their homes, and unable to pay their mortgages. Did they really needs that government money to stay open ? We doubt it.

 We are certain that the US Congress, when enacting the CARES Act, did not intend to pay the overhead ( salaries, rent, office expenses) of law firms which were earning handsome fees from foreclosing upon the same senior citizens whom lawmakers had designated their primary concern. How can seniors keep their homes, when, notwithstanding the stated goal of our government was to freeze unnecessary foreclosures, to keep seniors at risk for dying of COVID, at home and safe ? The answer is that Congress failed to anticipate law firms and lawyers engaged in foreclosing for America's banks would zealously foreclosure on defenseless senior citizens, and collective lucrative fees, while simultaneously accepting CARES Act money, to increase their profits.


 

Some of the law firms and foreclosure mills exposed in the media, after combing public records, and whistleblower websites, include:

(1) Barret Daffin Fappier Law Group (Texas): $2.5m.

(2) Wright, Findlay & Zak (California): $5,600,00.; $1,758,156.

(30 Fay Servicing LLC (Illinois) $10,000,000.


 

Where is the Department of Justice on this important issue ? Were the payments lawful ? We call on DOJ to immediately initiate an investigation, to determine whether the payments were properly made, and on examining the applications, and application process. The payments took advantage a major loophole in the law, to allow lawyers who were acting against the stated national policy, to not only foreclose, but to be supported by the US Treasury to do so. What's wrong with this picture ?

We hope and trust that these recipients will be, sooner or later, be require to disgorge their CARES Act payments, as they were inconsistent with the intent of Congress, who authorized them.

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

JUDGE WHO SIGNED THE ORDER FREEING FUNDS FOR OFAC-SANCTIONED SMUGGLER HAS A LONG AND SORDID HISTORY

 

If you were wondering why Maltese Justice Grazio Mercieca entered the order approving the disbursement of funds to accused smuggler and money launderer Darren Debono, when Debono is OFAC-sanctioned by the United States, he has a history of ruling in favour of his Labour Party, and against the Rule of Law. As soon as the article, Judge in Malta orders Release of Funds to OFAC-Sanctioned Reputed Smuggler and Money Launderer (May 11, 2021), was published, I was contacted by individuals who told tales of human and civil rights violations, and specifically of the judge entering rulings contrary to the law, and in favour of  Labour Party members.

In one case, where the individual is a known whistleblower, and an obvious threat to certain government officials, due to his first-hand knowledge of corruption, Judge Mercieca not only repeatedly entered rulings against him, but have actually threatened his ability to support himself. His anti-corruption position being well known, the individual correctly concluded that the rulings were based solely to support a political advantage, and to protect certain current or previous government officials, who wish to remove him from Malta altogether.

When the courts of a country follow the orders of political leaders, rather than the Rule of Law, such as we see in Communist China  and Russia, democracy dies. Until Malta changes its Constitution, to allow free and fair non-partisan election of qualified members of the judiciary, this corrupt pattern will continue.

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A NEW COOPERATOR POSES A DIRECT THREAT TO THE MALTA MONEY LAUNDERERS


                                                JM: Cloud Hat and Snake Scarf by COSIMO
 

A new cooperating individual has surfaced in the Malta money laundering investigation who has sufficient first-hand knowledge of criminal activity of present and former government officials to seal their fate at any case they would take to trial is a game-changer in the case. While prudence dictates that we conceal that individual's name, this person represents the most significant threat to date, not only as a witness, but as a direct participant in major criminal activity. Their identity has appeared only in rumours.

Whoever the defence lawyers are who have been charged with representing the major targets, they must surely understand that any chance of an acquittal on money laundering charges, on any case brought outside of Malta, now must be assessed at close to zero. We trust that plea negotiations will ensure, so that they may properly serve their client's best interests, as given the many millions of dollars laundered, the probable sentences handed down after guilty jury verdicts will be Draconian. Any possible defence now by the senior targets would be not only futile, it might constitute legal malpractice, given the probable evidence available, which is believed to be overwhelming.

 The probable outcome in any US trial involving the Malta money laundering targets may now closely resemble the related Miami money laundering case, where Swiss banker Matthias Krull's testimony, or availability to testify, was responsible for several guilty pleas. Though obviously there are other factors, including the egos and personalities of some of the targets, which may affect whether other Malta players initially cooperate, it appears that we probably won't see a public trial, in America, of the individuals who moved hundreds of millions of dollars through Malta.



FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES PILATUS BANK AMERICAN CASE, REMOVING MALTAS EXCUSE FROM BRINGING CRIMINAL CHARGES


 

A District Judge in New Hampshire has put an end to Pilatus Bank owner Ali Sadr Hashi Nejad's attempt to secure Discovery from Lawrence Connell, the former Competent Person (Administrator) in charge of winding down Pilatus, after the European Central Bank cancelled its banking license. 

Pilatus, which claimed that the evidence it sought to obtain from Connell would assist it in reinstating its operating license, and in a potential civil suit against the ECB for damages, failed to satisfy the statutory requirements to obtain Discovery. In a 32-page opinion, the Court detailed the deficiencies in Pilatus' Amended Petition, most of which it previously enumerated in the order responding to the original Petition. You can find its treatment of those issues in an article which previously appeared in this Blog, entitled Is Pilatus Bank Petition a backhanded way to Obtain Discovery in Expected Miami or Malta Criminal Case ?

Regular readers of our running commentary on this unusual case know that we have been extremely critical of the way the case was managed by Pilatus counsel, due to obvious fact that the bank's arguments in the Petition, and the Amended Petition, failed to show that it was entitled to the requested relief . 

Now that the case is closed, Malta's Police, who have unofficially stated that they were not bringing any criminal charges against the Pilatus Bank officers and directors for money laundering, so long as the US case was pending, no longer have that as as excuse; they must now act, or be exposed as corrupt, and under the influence of the same individuals that they are required to arrest and charge. We trust that the appropriate pressure will now be exerted by the people of Malta against their elected officials, to see that justice is done regzrding Pilatus Bank's money launderers.

a final note; The Order dismissing the case ruled that costs incurred by the Respondent, Lawrence Connell, will be taxed against the bank. This means that Pilatus must pay Connell's costs in the case.




JUDGE IN MALTA ORDERS RELEASE OF FUNDS TO OFAC-SANCTIONED REPUTED SMUGGLER AND MONEY LAUNDERER

A court in the Republic of Malta, pointedly ignoring the fact that the individual seeking to have access to funds was not only a suspected smuggler and money launderer, but is sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), ordered their release by a subsidiary of HSBC, HSBC Life Assurance. This action potentially exposes HSBC, the parent company, to "serious implications" (costly sanctions) in the United States, an issue which was brought up by the country's financial regulator, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), but disregarded by the Court for obvious political reasons.

                                                               Justice Mercieca
 

The presiding judge, Grazio Mercieca, an appointee of the ruling Labour Party. appears to have disregarded both the principles of Comity, as well as diplomatic common sense, as Malta's previous less than satisfactory interaction between Prime Minister Robert Abela, and the then-US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, certainly left the relationship between the two nations in a poor state. Abela reportedly retreated from an implicit promise of an agreement regarding the status of US military forces in Malta, after the US official traveled, with a large entourage, to meet him in person.

 


HSBC, which has a long history of issues with American regulators, will now be placed in a difficult position; whether to obey a court ruling in Malta, where it also does business, or to rely upon the OFAC sanction. Either way, there will be consequences. 

This could not have come at a worse time for Malta, which is just now exposing massive corruption and financial crime, and whose senior officials are expecting to be indicted in the United States any day now, if it hasn't already occurred. The judge based his ruling upon Maltese sovereignty, which was clearly the wrong decision at the wrong time. How HSBC will respond to the order is not known.

Monday, May 10, 2021

WE KEEP WARNING MALTA, BUT NOBODY'S LISTENING

                                    The Devil pushes Malta off the High Wire by COSIMO
 

 Time after time, this blog has reported on specific corruption, money laundering and financial crimes being committed by Cabinet-level officials of the Government of Malta, before any other media, and our information has been met with either disbelief or derision. Whether it is Carmelo Abela, Chris Cardona, Joseph Muscat, Michelle Muscat, or any one of a dozen others, we have, exclusively, exposed their vile deeds and acts, long before you read it anywhere else.

We trust that you read our March 18 article, We warned our readers about the Key cards Weeks Ago .

 

Unfortunately, the criminal conduct has continued unabated and without any meaningful response. Just this morning, a reader wondered aloud why Joseph Muscat, disgraced and shamed, continues to have government-paid security, and why nobody in public office has raised this issue in Parliament. The people are paying for this criminal's security detail, so that he may escape accountability for his evil past.


                                                  The Face of the Enemy by COSIMO

                                                     

Thomas Jefferson said "The people elect the government they deserve." When voters continue to reelect a thoroughly corrupt government, because they are sharing in the proceeds of the corruption, then they may not complain when it results in a failed state. Since the people will not clean up Malta, someone else must, regretfully, do so, but to do so there will be a lot of what we call unintended consequences. 

Will the last honest person leaving Malta remember to turn out the lights ? 

                                             Carmelo loses his footing  by COSIMO


Sunday, May 9, 2021

RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE, MALTA'S DISGRACED FORMER PRIME MINISTER FEARS ASSASSINATION

                                         His Sins keep Pulling him Back by COSIMO
 

 

In what can only be described as karma, Malta's cashiered Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat remains in hiding, seeking to avoid assassins reportedly hired to keep him from testifying against his organized crime  partners. Muscat's associates in the underworld know that, once in custody, he will seek to barter his knowledge of Malta's money laundering machine for a reduced sentence, and witness protection. The most senior government official to be linked to the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia is now himself a target of Malta's well-oiled assassination business. Call it payback, in a currency he understands.

One source has asserted that his estranged wife, Michelle, has been advised by friends to cooperate, even if that means implicating her husband and her friends, to save herself years in prison, far away from their children, who are rumoured to have been sent to an international boarding school favoured by dictators.  Since her prominent role in a fashion industry money laundering scheme, to clean her husband's bribes and kickbacks, was made public, she knows that there will be no happy ending to her story unless she becomes useful to the authorities. 

Muscat has been self-medicating, to cope with the stress he has told others he is suffering from, and his mental condition has been described as unstable. Sooner or later, either law enforcement or those who wish to impose a more permanent penalty will catch up to him, and the outcome, either way, will be ugly. 

 




Saturday, May 8, 2021

SAINT LUCIA GOVERNMENT EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY TO AVOID HOLDING A NATIONAL ELECTION

The Government of Saint Lucia, acting through its partisan Parliament, has extended the State of Emergency until October 16, in a move condemned by the Opposition SLP, as well as numerous professionals on the island nation, because it does not appear that an emergency indeed exists. The conditions in the country are improving, and existing legislation is more than adequate to handle the COVID-19 situation.

 Additionally, the lengthy five-month extension is regarded with suspicion, for two reasons;

(1) The term of the SOE extends past the date General Elections are Constitutionally due, October 12,  and the UWP obviously does not want to hold elections this year, allowing it to remain in power without any risk of losing control of government. There can be no other reason; there is now no scheduled date for the General Election.

(2) The election could be held tomorrow, or any day before October 12, BUT Last year, Prime Minister Chastanet said there would be no elections during SOE.

(3) The Governor-General has the power to declare that a state of emergency exists, which order lasts for  a period of seven days. Within that period, the Parliament can meet and implement a new SOE within that time frame.

The logical conclusion is that Prime Minister Chastanet is using the SOE for political gain, a maneuver to gain political advantage.This scheme has not gone unnoticed in the United States, which still has sanctions in place against Saint Lucia, and whose law enforcement agencies have recently increased active surveillance of suspected financial crime committed against expats living in North America.


SAINT LUCIA PEP INTERFERED WITH AMERICAN CITIZEN'S FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THE USA

 


Media consultant SUE MONPLAISIR, acting as the Government public relations spokesperson for Saint Lucia, who is therefore classified as a Politically Exposed Person, or PEP, impeded and violated my Right of Freedom of Speech as American citizen in the United States, when she threatened my blog sponsor. A complaint has been filed in my behalf, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of State has been notified. Americans have an absolute right of uncensored free speech, and her actions affected that Constitutional Right. Compliance officers will kindly note her status as a Politically Exposed Person when conducting due diligence inquiries, or for any other purpose.

The East Caribbean state of Saint Lucia, acting by and through Monplaisir. seeks to censor any news about corruption in that country, notwithstanding its publication in the United States. Therefore, pursuant to Proclamation 7750, and Section 7031(c) of the Department of State Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Operations Act of 2019,  she is hereby ineligible to enter the US. for any purpose. This ban is effective whether she has been charged with a crime or not, nor must a pending US visa application exist.

She can also be considered a Cybercriminal,  pursuant to the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,  18 U.S.C. §1030,  the primary  statutory mechanism for prosecuting Cybercrime,which provides for both civil and criminal penalties, up to twenty years in Federal Prison.

There is evidence to support the finding that Politically Exposed Persons, and crooked lawyers, conspired to conduct Brute Force Cyberattacks on a website that has been exposing their  corruption, and other crimes. against US Citizens.

 


 

Our investigation into fraud and land theft in Saint Lucia shall continue; we have been contacted by a number of Saint Lucians who assert that their families are also victims of fraud and theft. Stay tuned to this blog for more information.

MALTA IS A LEGAL MESS; ITALY MOVES TO FILL THE VOID


 

 

 

 If you thought that the rest of the European Union was going to sit around indefinitely and allow Malta's organized crime elements to operate into, and through, the EU, you haven't been paying attention to the articles in this blog. Italian law enforcement agencies, who feel the clear and present danger that Malta's small but lethal version of the Mafia pose, not only to neighboring Sicily, but to the rest of the country, are actively investigating Maltese crime that impacts Italy. 

Italy knows well the close affiliation between the Maltese Mafia and their Sicilian cousins. After all, the damn PM of Malta regularly takes his yacht to Sicily, and he's not going there for the cuisine. Money laundering through Italian fashion houses has been repeatedly reported on this blog , as has the gasoil scandal, which employs Sicily as part of its delivery and sales chain. Don't forget that Mafia syndicates are laundering money through remote gaming companies based in Malta, and Italian organized crime is exporting weapons and munitions to militias in Libya, via Maltese arms dealers.

Maltese citizens charged in Italy can look forward to a long term in pre-trial confinement, because as foreign nationals, with no permanent connections to Italy, they are flight risks. Have you ever seen an overcrowded Italian prison cell ? And justice does not come swiftly in Italy; some defendants linger in the system for an extended period of time, before the cases are concluded.

Therefore, we hope that Italian justice soon reaches out an touches those Maltese who arrogantly break its laws, so that those who live in a country where crime is never punished, see what may happen to them as well.



Thursday, May 6, 2021

HACKERS ATTEMPT TO SHUT DOWN OUR EXPOSURE OF CORRUPTION IN SAINT LUCIA


   

If you read my recent article entitled Government of Saint Lucia Censors News from the United States and threatens U.S. Search Engine, you know that forces in Saint Lucia demanded that one of our blog articles on widespread corruption in that East Caribbean state be removed, and the sponsoring entity thereafter complied. The article was removed for alleged violation of "Community Standards," although the specific grounds were never stated. Failure to detail specific violations has been cited in a number of commentaries as an improper infringement upon the expression of truth on the Web.

While our other articles remain online,  our most recent article on the subject, Investigative Journalists in Saint Lucia fear for their Personal Safety if they Report on Corruption,  May 1, 2021, which was widely read when it appeared on a major website, was subject to massive hacker DDOS attacks, seeking to crash the site, to deny site visitors the opportunity to read it. Fortunately, service to that site was only momentarily interrupted, and the article, which is enjoying serious attention in the Caribbean, remains available to readers.

This appears to be a regular event, regarding investigative journalists reporting on corruption in Saint Lucia. A local blogger, who reported on corruption, named Jason Sifflet, suffered the same fate when his blog was taken down for the same undefined reason, although through intervention by his supporters later resulted in it being restored to the Internet. Additionally, his wife was  arbitrarily fired from her hotel job. His story has been featured in a number of local articles, though it has not yet received international attention from journalists.

 


 

We shall continue to report in corruption, at the highest levels, in Saint Lucia, to bring it to the attention of compliance officers at international banks abroad, lest they unwittingly open accounts for corrupt Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), and launder the Proceeds of Crime, which exposes their banks to money laundering charges.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

SCHEDULE CHANGE: KEN RIJOCK'S JUNE LECTURE IN GENEVA HAS BEEN MOVED TO OCTOBER

 


 

If you were planning on attending my lecture next month at Transcontinental Trusts Geneva,  the conference has been rescheduled to October 13-15, 2021. The venue remains the Fairmont Grand Hotel. Switzerland is still restricting visitors from outside the European Union.

For more information:  https://informaconnect.com/

JOSEPH "TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN" MUSCAT IS NOW LIVING LIKE A TRUE MOB BOSS

     

                                                "I'm the King of the World !"  by COSIMO

 In the wake of the public exposure of his Unexplained Wealth, former Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has totally withdrawn from public view. He has taken to sleeping in a different location each night, at what have been described as Labour Party safe houses. One source advised that he is under constant surveillance; the agency performing that surveillance has not been identified.

His life has taken on the trappings of a mob boss who fears assassination; Two armed bodyguards attend him at all times, and a news blackout is reportedly in place regarding his rare visits and movement. Some observers have heard that he fears the Azeri PEPs who placed their 'diverted" capital at Pilatus Bank, for some unexplained reason, and that is why he has increased his security precautions. We have previously detailed how he turned his home into an invincible fortress. See Muscat battens down the Hatches, goes Underground,  April 8, 2021.

We cannot foresee how this will end; will Muscat be charged in Malta, or abroad, or in both jurisdictions ? Will his wife, Michelle, who has reportedly split from him, due the recent events, also be indicted ? We  cannot say, but things are moving very fast, and the end result may be far worse than Muscat and his attorney advisors have anticipated.

                                      Be Quiet as a Mouse, Joseph   by COSIMO


 

 



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

MALTA; CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE WITH ITS MUSCAT DILEMMA

                                                    Times of Malta headline today
 

 

What is Malta's Prime Minister, Robert Abela, to do ? The evidence against his predecessor,  the disgraced Joseph Muscat, is piling up, and there will be public pressure to do something, anything, to show leadership. The problem is, Abela is facing a Hobson's Choice. If Muscat is charged, he could be next, as reformers circumvent him entirely, and engineer what would amount to a palace coup, but having him arrested, and forcing his resignation.

 On the other hand, if he delays further, he AND Muscat could both be charged by the US and/or UK. Finally, since he was Muscat's legal adviser, before becoming PM, he himself might be charged if Muscat is charged abroad, and cooperates against him. he's got a real problem, to be sure.  Everybody in Valletta should be studying the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Bribery Act, but we doubt that they are yet.

Two additional issues have recently complicated RAs decision:

(1) Rumour has it additional individuals in PL have obtained immunity from prosecution, in exchange for their testimony overseas. Obviously, he will be named in there with JM.

(2) Is a foreign law enforcement agency delivering evidence to Maltese authorities, to push it into bring criminal charges against a number of government officials for corruption and money laundering crimes.

Will Malta therefore charge Muscat, simply to keep him from being tried abroad, and implicating the bulk of the Labour leadership, to keep from spending the next decade in prison.That's most likely his best move, but the Dear Leader surely won't appreciate it.

A final note: remember what happens in Malta when somebody with the ability to expose those in power is arrested ? It never ends well.



Monday, May 3, 2021

THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS ARE WRITTEN ON THE SUBWAY WALLS...

 

 

                                             Malta being led to the Slaughter by COSIMO

 

This was buried so deep that you probably didn't see it, but it is priceless. I have deleted the author's name.

THIS IS THE UGLY TRUTH THAT NO ONE WANTS TO ADDRESS. THE IDEOLOGICAL STATE APPARATUS IS BUSY AS WE SPEAK, CREATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MUSCAT, SCHEMBRI AND ABELA. IT IS THE HEINOUS LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE ANYTHING GOES CULTURE ( DEFINED BY INACTION) THAT RESULTS IN THE GROSS MEDIOCRITY AND CULTURE OF EVIL THAT IS MODERN DAY MALTA. 

READING YOUR DAILY PAPERS IS LIKE HAVING SMEARS OF EXCREMENT PAINTED OVER YOUR MIND. GOD, WHAT A DREADFUL PLACE.

A TIMELESS PARABLE FOR THE AGES

                                        I am the Lizard King; I can do anything by COSIMO

Once Upon a Time, there was an evil Mob Boss. He was constantly receiving tribute from his many crews, in the way of kickbacks from their illicit ventures. He also was demanding, and accepting, bribes from businesses that wanted to operate within his territory. He feared the Tax Man, so he cast about for a suitable scheme to launder the proceeds of these crimes .

His wife, known unofficially as the Godmother, had a close friend in a legitimate retail business that catered to upscale customers, and whose products were priced accordingly, and they hatched a plot to launder the criminal proceeds through that company, with her friend's willing cooperation. 

Soon, the company was reporting record sales, at top prices. In truth and in fact, the mob boss' dirty money was being placed into the business, and booked in as sales. A cooperating manufacturer on the mainland submitted dummy receipts, showing shipment of substantial inventory, to cover the phantom sales. In time,  due to pressure from the manufacturer, in time some of those inventory were actually shipped, and paid for at inflated prices, to compensate the company for its cooperation in the scheme.

Due to the company's seemingly meteoric success, it was decided that the legitimate company would enter into a ambitious countrywide expansion programme. New branches were built all over the country, and the costs deferred, as the  dirty money coming in covered all the expenses, once it had been comingled with the small amount of legitimate retail sales.

The operators of the legitimate business, who has been compensating the mob boss through disguised payments in a subsidiary business, were asked to greatly increase their payments to him, so they began issuing corporate indebtedness, in the way of unsecured bonds, to the local investing public, at very attractive interest rates. Given the company's ostensible amazing profits, there was no problem selling the bonds, first in a single issue, and later in several subsequent issues.The company was now highly leveraged, but so long as the dirty money flowed in, the mob boss was paid, and the now substantial debt service was covered.

One year, there was a Perfect Storm of negative events; an epidemic hit the region, and retail sales dropped off dramatically, due to an economic slowdown. There could no longer be dummy sales in high volume, as there was little or no foot traffic into the stores, which were now spread all over the nation. Overhead soared.

 Additionally due to arrests, investigations, and law enforcement exposure of many of the illicit ventures,  the mob boss' revenues plunged to next to nothing. He leaned even further upon the bond sales to cover his astronomical life style and expense payments (bribes) to government officials.

The retail company was forced to declare major losses, which caused the bond holders, who feared for the loss of their principal, to sell off their holdings, which  drove down the market value of the bonds, and increased the interest rate payable on the bonds. Debt increased exponentially, with no way to repay it.

The company was forced to file for bankruptcy, exposing the laundering scheme to outside auditors hired by the court to wind up the company. The operators of the company, knowing that their testimony could result in the mob boss going to prison for the rest of his life, tried to flee the country, but they were arrested and charged. Both died of suspected suicide in prison, before their trial, although it was suspected that the suicides were staged.

Someone sent in an anonymous advert to the local papers; it said only: For the Wages of Sin is Death. Romans 6:23.




Sunday, May 2, 2021

ONE OF THE VENEZUELA-TO-MALTA-TO-MIAMI MONEY LAUNDERERS IS SENTENCED IN FLORIDA

Gustavo Hernandez Frieri, one of several Venezuelan money launderers who laundered PDVSA capital through offshore tax havens, including Malta, and invested the cleaned (integrated) money in luxury Miami real estate, was sentenced this week, in Miami District Court, to 46 months in Federal Prison and a $50,000 fine. Frieri also promised to aid law enforcement in seizing and liquidating the proceeds of crime.

Frieri is the second money launderer in this case to enter a plea.You can expect all the Malta-to-Miami laundrymen in that case to follow their example, because the Government has Matthias Krull, the Swiss banker-turned-money launderer ready to testify, should they foolishly take their cases to trial. Whether Krull may actually get an additional sentence reduction to zero prison time is doubtful; he has already received an extraordinary sentence reduction for his prior efforts.

The connections between this Miami case and cases that may exist, although presently sealed, in other District Courts, be they in SDNY, EDNY or DC, still remains unknown; only when when indictments are made public will the suspected links become apparent, and we will finally learn whether the Malta money launderers are only exposed in New York, or elsewhere. Until then, we are in the dark.


JOSEPH MUSCAT DESCRIBED BY FELLOW LABOURITE AS SOCIOPATH AND POSSIBLY PSYCHOPATH

                                  JM Atop the Labour Food Chain  by COSIMO
 

If you missed the interview in LovinMalta, a fellow Labour Party member, and upcoming candidate for office, who claims to be as astute observer of disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat, when trying to explain his criminal activity, described Muscat as a "Sociopath and probably Psychopath."  That may explain many of his money laundering actions since the Panama Papers scandal exposed his corrupt administration. Who in his right mind would engage in overt money laundering after being exposed ?

While we generally prefer to report just the facts on this blog, the observations regarding Muscat's mental health, may provide guidance regarding the imminent opening of a Labour news and analysis website, which will obviously seek to twist the facts in Labour's favour, ahead of the anticipated general elections. We know the Journal would not be in development unless it was his idea to start it up at this late juncture.

 While many Maltese will not pay attention, Muscat must believe that foreign journalists seeking colour for their stories about Malta will stumble across his new propaganda mill, and be taken in. No wonder his associate made those comments about his mental status; He's delusional.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

HAS THE PILATUS BANK SCANDAL DAMAGED MALTA BEYOND REPAIR ?

 

Unless and until Malta convicts and imprisons the guilty officers and directors of Pilatus Bank, the country will continue to be labeled a non-cooperative dodgy offshore tax haven in the eyes of the world's compliance officers. They will regard any corporate entities domiciled in Malta with suspicion, and perform enhanced due diligence on any substantial wire transfer into, through, or from, Malta's financial institutions,  all of whom they will now regard with suspicion.

Why will Malta be so poorly regarded by international bankers ? Simple; the country's total failure to bring the bank's Iranian owner and directors behind the massive money laundering they conducted through the bank has resulted in a complete loss of confidence in Maltese law enforcement, prosecutors, and its government. Forget whatever MONEYVAL and FATF may say, those compliance officers will give Malta a wide berth.

Malta's directors, many of whom easily transitioned into other financial enterprises in the country, and abroad, have cheated justice, because the fast-track circumstances of how the bank obtained a license, and was allowed to operate when its criminal conduct became known,  implicates a number of government officials for corruption, and the present government in Malta will not charge brother Labour Party members. Therefore, Malta has been relegated to the status of non-cooperative tax haven by compliance officers at EU, UK and US banks, and in that position it will remain, a jurisdiction for international investors and money managers to avoid. Malta has become its worst nightmare.

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS IN SAINT LUCIA FEAR FOR THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY IF THEY REPORT ON CORRUPTION

While writing the recent series of articles on land theft and fraud in Saint Lucia, we were contacted by a local investigative journalist interested in the subject matter. During the conversation, the journalist related how an investigation in progress last year had to be terminated, when there were genuine fears for personal safety. Apparently this is not an isolated instance; journalists who sniff a corruption story are threatened by powerful officials, especially the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, including death threats, to prevent them from proceeding further.

These are not idle threats; they are taken seriously, in part because of Saint Lucia's unsavoury reputation as a country where what the United States refers to as Extrajudicial Killings have occurred. American sanctions, which have been in place since 17 individuals were killed,  several years ago, resulted in a ban on US assistance to police and security services.  

Corruption among elected officials in Saint Lucia.which is widespread according to witnesses, is rarely, if ever, the subject of local investigative articles, due to well-placed fears of journalists that publishing such stories will lead to their death or disappearance under unexplained experiences. This presents a serious problem for compliance officers at international banks, because they cannot trust local media to report on financial crime or corruption. Negative information on individuals who are the subject of due diligence inquiries by compliance will not be available through local media, and local fraudsters or criminals will most likely not be the subject of objective stories about their sordid activities, giving compliance officers abroad an incorrect picture of their subject.

Until Saint Lucia's systemic corruption is suppressed, objective news articles originating from the country, by local journalists, will continue to be self-censored , resulting in a lack of honest reporting, and an information gap for compliance. Without any reliable media, compliance cannot recommend St. Lucia for investment or placemenrt of funds.


YORGEN FENECH APOLOGIST PUSHES DISINFORMATION TO RAISE REASONABLE DOUBT IN DAPHNE MURDER

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Notwithstanding my prior warning that the article was expressly for non-Malta readers, a Maltese blogger decided to write about it.

Simon Mercieca has, on his blog, offered a theory to the effect that the testimony of Melvin Theuma, a recording of which appeared on this blog, with English subtitles, is not credible. His article, we wish to warn our readers, which republished, verbatim, our translation, contained a statement by Johann Cremona, confirming to Theuma " there are another two others [middlemen] like you and you know them both !"

Mercieca has volunteered the opinion that Theuma was not credible, meaning that we are not to believe his statements, for any purpose, based upon his reading that Theuma previously testified that only Fenech was the mastermind, yet he here is discussing the fact that two others exist. His article, which is entitled "Why is Melvin Theuma's testimony not credible, " should be dismissed,  not be taken at face value, for the following reasons:

(1) Mercieca is himself not credible. whether as a journalist or for any other purpose, for he is a known paid supporter of Yorgen Fenach, and therefore his theories cannot be considered objective, as he obviously has a hidden agenda: to discredit Theuma as a witness, to discredit Daphne's attorneys, to show that YF is a victim, to invent & sow doubts in the investigation, and to assassinate the character of Daphne's attorneys.

(2)  His blog, which was set up on the second anniversary of Daphne's murder,  largely spews out attacks on Daphne's family. Again, he is not objective in his postings.

(3) The voice recording is widely suspected to have been leaked by Fenech's defence team. Was this their aim, to have someone comment upon the testimony, and then swoop in to discredit it by reason of inconsistent statements ? We believe this to be true.

(4) Mercieca's article is part of a "Reasonable Doubt" toxic narrative campaign designed to discredit Theuma as a witness, because his testimony is critical to establish a successful case against Fenech.

Without Theuma, there are only the three organized crime thugs, and we will probably never get to the unnamed additional middlemen/masterminds. Mercieca, who is in Contempt of Court for publishing information in violation of a previous court order in another case, is trying to use this blog for malevolent aims.

 In truth and in fact, Theuma's testimony confirms that there are more parties involved, and the public demands to know who they are. It does confirm that YF was involved, and Mercieca is attempting to destroy Theuma as a witness.  Don't be taken in; disinformation and misinformation are his methods, but they have utterly failed. Theuma is believable.