Malta corruption whistleblower hands herself in to police


Protestors call for the resignation of Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister who Maria Efimova claimed, use the private bank where she worked to move funds for Maltese politicians and the children of the president of Azerbaijan
Protestors call for the resignation of Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister who Maria Efimova claimed, use the private bank where she worked to move funds for Maltese politicians and the children of the president of Azerbaijan

A whistleblower at the centre of a corruption scandal surrounding Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, has handed herself in to police in Athens.

Maria Efimova, who claimed a private bank where she worked had been used to move funds for Maltese politicians and the children of the president of Azerbaijan, voluntarily attended a police station in Syntagma Square on Monday night.

Maltese authorities issued a European arrest warrant for the Russian national in November, alleging she had made false claims against local police. This was followed by an arrest warrant in Cyprus, where Efimova had lived and worked four years ago, over allegations of defrauding her employer.

Efimova left Malta with her husband and children in 2017, and they currently live in Crete. Her claims about the bank, Pilatus, which its owners and Malta’s political leadership reject, were first reported by the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb last October.

Read the full article in The Guardian by clicking here.

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