PM still re­fuses to name com­pany au­dit­ing Kon­rad Mizzi

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The prime min­is­ter yes­ter­day con­tin­ued to refuse to name the com­pany that is au­dit­ing Min­is­ter Kon­rad Mizzi, say­ing that it is not the time to do so.

Ques­tioned by the me­dia, the prime min­is­ter would not be pressed into nam­ing the firm although it was Min­is­ter Mizzi him­self who said, in a court hear­ing on Thurs­day, that the ques­tion on who is au­dit­ing him should be put to the PM.

All the PM would say is some­thing he has been say­ing all along: that it “is an in­ter­na­tion­ally re­puted firm, one of the top firms in this area”.

Asked whether it was govern­ment or the au­dit firm who want to keep the name se­cret, he said: “No, it is a fact that while it is a work in progress and while all the stud­ies are be­ing com­pleted, I think it’s best that ev­ery­thing is an­nounced at once”.

The prime min­is­ter was also asked when he be­lieves the au­dit should be com­pleted by now, given that it is a “€92 com­pany”, to which he said that it is ir­rel­e­vant whether a com­pany is small or big. “If the au­dit com­pany will cer­tify that there are no funds in the com­pany, it would need to re­search around the world, in as many banks as pos­si­ble, as at the end of the day there will be a sig­na­ture say­ing that what Kon­rad Mizzi and Keith Schem­bri said, that there was no money, is true”.

Yes­ter­day, Min­is­ter Mizzi also re­fused to name the com­pany that is car­ry­ing out an au­dit into his Pana­ma­nian com­pany and New Zealand trust, in­sist­ing that ques­tions should be put to the Prime Min­is­ter. He was tes­ti­fy­ing in a li­bel case he has in­sti­tuted against PN Deputy Leader Beppe Fenech Adami. Min­is­ter Mizzi also said that he did not wish to name the com­pany be­cause he did not want to put it un­der any un­due pres­sure.

The Malta In­de­pen­dent asked the prime min­is­ter whether he is com­fort­able with Min­is­ter Mizzi say­ing in open court that ques­tion­ers should ask this ques­tion to the prime min­is­ter. In re­sponse, Dr Mus­cat said: “I wasn’t there. I don’t know what he said, I haven’t seen the tran­scripts yet”.

“All the PM would say is some­thing he has been say­ing all alo“ng: that it “is an in­ter­na­tion­ally re­puted firm, one of the top firms in this area”.

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