If you were wondering why a certain prominent criminal case in Malta has been pending with no forward progress, you need to read the fine print. An expert, engaged to examine the smartphone of one of the two Zenith Finance defendants, reported the finding of a large number of what he described as "PEPs,"an acronym which stands for Politically Exposed Persons.
PEPs are defined in the compliance industry as government officials, or others very closely associated with them, such as immediate family members, or businessmen who have intimate ties to them. PEPs often have there ability to withdraw funds from government accounts, can award lucrative contracts payable by government, in their sole discretion, and have access to valuable government assets.
Obviously, what has happened here is that, as soon as the court-appointed forensic expert spilled the beans about his discovery that PEPs were in close and repeated contract with the defendants in a major criminal case, the country's corrupt Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg, who reportedly follows Joseph Muscat's orders on the conduct of pending cases, was directed to slow-walk the case, so that it never goes to trial. The defendants are MATTHEW PACE AND LORRAINE FALZON; Pace is a close associate of KEITH SCHEMBRI.
This is how criminal cases, where to bring them to trial will expose corrupt Maltese government officials from the ruling Labour Party. are deftly handled. All the orders come directly from the country's defrocked former Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, and his decisions are final. The Rule of Law does not exist in the country's courts, and many of the other Members of the European Union wish there was a way to remove Malta from the EU entirely, as it functions more like a Middle Eastern autocracy than a democracy. The Zenith Finance €20m defendants will eventually walk free.