PL’s no com­ment on Panama Pa­pers scan­dal book, writ­ten by for­mer Labour can­di­date

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Labour Party seems to be un­fazed by the fact that a for­mer Labour can­di­date has writ­ten a book on the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal, which deals specif­i­cally with Kon­rad Mizzi and Keith Schem­bri’s se­cret com­pa­nies and how the govern­ment acted in the fall­out of what the au­thor de­scribes as the “big­gest scan­dal to rock Mal­tese pol­i­tics in re­cent years.”

The book was writ­ten by Mark An­thony Sam­mut, who con­tested the 1996 and the 1998 elec­tions on the Malta Labour Party ticket. He is the son of the late writer Frans Sam­mut, who was an ad­vi­sor to for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Al­fred Sant.

L-Aqwa fl-Ewropa. Il-Panama Pa­pers u l-Poter – which trans­lates into The best in Eu­rope. The Panama Pa­pers and Power – gives a de­tailed ac­count of how the scan­dal un­folded, and es­sen­tially col­lects nu­mer­ous news re­ports into one pub­li­ca­tion.

The au­thor said the book “casts light on the Mos­sack Fon­seca law firm in Panama and the rea­sons why the wealthy and the pow­er­ful ask this law firm to hide their wealth in se­cret com­pa­nies in Panama. The book analy­ses the back­ground to the scan­dal, the web of com­pa­nies and con­tracts, and the rea­sons why Kon­rad Mizzi and Keith Schem­bri should have re­signed their posts. It also analy­ses the ne­olib­eral poli­cies of Joseph Mus­cat’s govern­ment.”

The Malta In­de­pen­dent sought a re­ac­tion from PL Deputy Leader Chris Car­dona who, among other things is re­spon­si­ble for elec­tion can­di­dates, and PL CEO Gino Cauchi.

Both re­quested that we send our ques­tions by email. This news­pa­per re­ceived a one-line re­ply from PL spokesman Nigel Vella say­ing that “we don’t have any com­ments on the book in ques­tion.”

Yes­ter­day, Dr Sam­mut com­plained that the Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing Ser­vice had not car­ried the news of the book launch. He said the na­tional broad­caster was obliged to report see­ing that the book was writ­ten by a for­mer PL can­di­date and is the only book to an­a­lyse the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal and how it af­fects the po­si­tion of Min­is­ter Kon­rad Mizzi and OPM chief of staff Keith Schem­bri.

He noted how PBS had pre­vi­ously failed to report com­ments made by for­mer PM Al­fred Sant, who had fa­mously stated that Kon­rad Mizzi should re­sign.

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