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Malta’s news papers front pages are predominantly following up the publication of the Egrant inquiry.


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The entire Egrant inquiry will not be published for “at least a few weeks”, as the government is still being advised against it, The Sunday Times of Malta is informed. Sources in the Office of the Prime Minister told this newspaper yesterday that police investigators had asked the government not to publish the magisterial inquiry until its preliminary investigations had been concluded.


MaltaToday reports that two sources privy to the investigation led by magistrate Aaron Bugeja, informed it that Jonathan Ferris allegedly told Bugeja that it was John Dalli – the former EU Commissioner – who suggested during a police interrogation that Egrant belonged to the Labour Party. Dalli was later called in by Bugeja for an explanation, and denied having ever told Ferris such a statement.


MaltaToday also carries an interview with the Prime Minister’s wife Michelle Muscat. In her interview Muscat speaks about the experience since the first time the Egrant allegation came out, the impact on her life and on the life of her children. She also speaks about Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder and their relation. She also says that despite the seriousness of the allegation she always knew the truth, and so did those who knew her and her family.


It also reports that Simon Busuttil’s support of Pierre Portelli, the former Malta Independent director, over fears he might have to face charges over falsified declarations of trust submitted to the Egrant inquiry is a reminder that Delia too is hamstrung by Egrant.


The Malta Independent on Sunday reports a week, it is said, is a long time in politics and in the wake of events since last Sunday, the Nationalist Party can certainly vouch for that. The party has spent the last week since the release of the Egrant inquiry conclusions last Sunday in turmoil and internal conflict in what can be described as a total meltdown. It adds that particularly yesterday it was a classic case of mixed messages from the two warring Nationalist Party camps, with those supporting current leader Adrian Delia claiming dissenting MPs are in retreat, and with those backing former leader Simon Busuttil insisting yesterday they have an “absolute majority” of PN MPs who are “prepared to stand up to be counted”.


Maria Efimova has been proved right about “Pilatus Bank’s client list, about the relationship between the bank and Nexia BT and Henley & Partners, and about the money laundering processes of the bank” despite the Egrant Inquiry’s conclusions, MEP David Casa told The Malta Independent on Sunday in an interview in today’s issue. Illum reports that the FIAU wants that David Casa is stripped from his immunity to be able to start proceedings for having broke the law by publishing documents related to investigations.


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