Malta corruption: Russian whistleblower surrenders to Greek police
21 Mar 2018

A Russian whistleblower linked to the murdered Maltese anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia has handed herself in to Greek police.

Former bank employee Maria Efimova left Malta for Greece last August and is now at an Athens police station.

Caruana Galizia named her as a source when she alleged that the Maltese Prime Minister’s wife, Michelle Muscat, owned a firm used to receive secret payments.

A car bomb blast killed Caruana Galizia in October, a crime that shocked Malta.

There are suspicions of a link to her reporting on corruption in Malta, where her campaign had a huge audience.

‘Panama offshore firm’

In December police arrested 10 Maltese nationals in connection with the murder. International experts, including from the FBI, are helping in the investigation.

Prime Minister Muscat and his wife Michelle have denied the allegations against them.

They have dismissed the allegation that $1m was transferred to Michelle from Azerbaijan’s ruling family, the Aliyevs, via Egrant Inc, a secret offshore firm in Panama.

Caruana Galizia reported on Malta for the Panama Papers investigation into offshore accounts which conceal secret payments to politicians and other powerful figures.


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