Mizzi con­firms se­cret au­dit to be pub­lished to co­in­cide with EP’s Panama Pa­pers com­mit­tee visit

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - ■ Gabriel Schem­bri

Min­is­ter With­out Port­fo­lio within the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter Kon­rad Mizzi yes­ter­day con­firmed that long-awaited au­dit into his fi­nan­cial af­fairs, in­clud­ing his heav­ily crit­i­cised Pana­ma­nian com­pany and pre­sum­ably his tan­dem New Zealand trust, will be pub­lished “very soon”.

In essence, Dr Mizzi con­firmed the con­tent of an ar­ti­cle pub­lished by our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion last Sun­day, which re­ported that the au­dit, some 11 months in the mak­ing, is ready and that it will be pub­lished to co­in­cide with a factfind­ing mis­sion to Malta next month by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s Panama Pa­pers com­mit­tee.

Ha­rangued by jour­nal­ists at a press con­fer­ence in De­li­mara yes­ter­day morn­ing on the sub­ject mat­ter, a hard pressed Dr Mizzi was forced into com­ment­ing: “Very soon you will be in a po­si­tion to know all the facts” on the se­cret com­pany he opened in Panama soon after tak­ing of­fice, which had given him the un­en­vi­able sta­tus as the only serv­ing EU min­is­ter to have been cited in the Panama Pa­pers.

The EP com­mit­tee, named the PANA Com­mit­tee, is due in Malta on 20 Fe­bru­ary. But be­fore that Dr Mizzi will also be quizzed by mem­bers of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, on 26 Jan­uary, about as­pects of Malta’s EU Pres­i­dency plans, as will each and ev­ery Mal­tese Cabi­net mem­ber.

Pressed by jour­nal­ists to give more in­for­ma­tion, Dr Mizzi urged them to stick to the sub­ject at hand – the press con­fer­ence that was called as the MV Galea was en­ter­ing Marsaxlokk Bay to pre­pare the De­li­mara power sta­tion’s Float­ing Stor­age Unit, Ar­mada LNG Mediter­ranea, to take on a full con­sign­ment of LNG (see back page).

At the end of the event, jour­nal­ists con­tin­ued to ask the min­is­ter for more de­tails but he re­fused to do so and was swept away in his min­is­te­rial car.

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