Keith Schembri back on government’s direct order gravy train despite charges

After a brief pause in the wake of his arraignment in March 2021 on corruption, money laundering and other charges, former prime minister Joseph Muscat’s chief of staff Keith Schembri is once again receiving direct orders from the government through a company he owns.

Even though Schembri’s companies are in administration as the disgraced former prime minister’s right-hand man awaits trial on various government corruption charges, the Water Services Corporation issued a €10,000 direct order to a Kasco Group company last May, just a few weeks after the general elections.

The public corporation purchased some €10,000 worth of photocopy paper directly from a company owned by Schembri and his father, Alfio Schembri, instead of by public tender as obliged by law, according to the Government Gazette.

WSC CEO Ivan Falzon was known to be close to Schembri before his fall from grace. Falzon was appointed Mater Dei CEO during Muscat’s first administration and later moved to the Water Services Corporation before transferring to Infrastructure Malta last July.

While serving as Muscat’s right-hand man, Schembri’s various companies made a killing from government tenders and direct orders for the supply of paper.

Various companies connected to the Kasco Group and that of his wife, Josette Vella Schembri, had been showered with direct orders and lucrative tenders in Muscat’s time with Schembri at the OPM’s helm.

When asked at the time about the blatant conflict of interest, Schembri had said he was not directly involved in the running of his businesses as he had transferred the day-to-day operations to his father.

Following his resignation in 2019, the police started acting on Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit reports that had been shelved, connecting Schembri to a corrupt deal with Allied Newspapers.

It was only in 2021 that Schembri and two managing directors of Allied Newspapers – Adrian Hillman and Vince Buhagiar, among others – were accused of corruption, money laundering and fraud over the purchase of a multi-million-euro printing machine for Progress Press.

The case is ongoing.

Last September, Schembri was also charged, along with Muscat’s former head of customer care and Rabat Mayor Sandro Craus, with the misappropriation of funds and other criminal offences in connection with the phantom government job given to Melvin Theuma, the middleman in the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Yet despite Schembri’s name repeatedly cropping up in connection with the Caruana Galizia assassination case, the police have still not pressed charges against him.

                           
                           
                               
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Francis Said
Francis Said
17 days ago

We are told that since 2020 the Institutions are working!!!

KLAUS
KLAUS
17 days ago

GOVERMENT MALTA Hand in Hand with Mafia structures and untrustworthy Person and companies.

Congratulations, always when you think the level of this government can not sink any lower. Then one is taught better.

James
James
17 days ago

Oh to be one of the “ elite circle of friends” of Malta’s Prime Ministers.

Impunity is guaranteed with no regard to upholding the rule of law when the Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General remain at the beck and call of the PM to ensure that investigations are stalled.

In the rare instances where charges are brought, it seems that the AG will ensure that the charges presented before the courts are riddled with errors that the judge has no option than to dismiss the case.

Just another day in beautiful Malta for the perpetrators of the crimes, the only downside for Mr. Schembri being that he can’t accompany PM Abela on his next jolly to the USA because he’s been a naughty boy as the US State Department press release in December 2021 confirmed and won’t be allowed in because of the “ credible evidence “ of his corrupt activities they hold on him.

Just a shame the Malta Government seems to have forgotten all about it….

toni
toni
17 days ago

Forgot to say that Ivan Falzon was involved in the Mater dei case instituted by a disabled person .Falzon was accused and lost the case to maltreating a disabled personat hospital . And still we give this guy top position at Water Services ? Unbelievable disgrace !!

Joseph
Joseph
17 days ago

This is how the institutions work, where it concerns the mafiosi!

Last edited 17 days ago by Joseph
pierre schembri-wismayer
pierre schembri-wismayer
17 days ago

Jokers… but the country does not care…l- importanti li ndahhlu l- abbort

viv
viv
17 days ago

Society repaying its debt to criminals?

J.attard
J.attard
14 days ago
Reply to  viv

You j.attard

J.attard
J.attard
14 days ago
Reply to  viv

All this should be on Euronews and our meps must raise such news in the E.parlament

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