In the Press: Panama Papers | Mizzi and Schembri deny fresh allegations

Stories from today’s national press

Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi [left] and OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri.
Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi [left] and OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri.

Times of Malta

Energy minister Konrad Mizzi and the prime minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri have rebutted the latest allegations that they had sought Panama companies to hold shares in recycling and remote gaming projects. The claims, made in an article on the Australian Financial Reviews, show that law firm Mossack Fonseca had approached some six banks to open an account on behalf of the two men, with two other banks already having turned down their request.

In- Nazzjon

Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil urges MPs to put national interests above personal and political interests, in the interest of ending the uncertainty and damage currently affecting the country. Speaking at a press conference last night, Busuttil urged MPs to bear these national interests in mind during the no-confidence vote levelled against the government and scheduled for next Monday.


Mizzi and Schembri make a statement that denies the damaging claims made by the Nationalist Party, the paper reports. The PN is using the Panama Papers to publish false information in connection to the Panama Papers. It adds that the PN is passing on this information to foreign news agencies to give the country a bad name.

The Malta Independent

A survey run commissioned by the paper reveals that Mizzi is facing mounting pressure, with just 26.2% of the 600 respondents, saying they wanted Mizzi to retain his office. A shocking 54.2% of respondents said they want Mizzi to resign over the allegations made about his company in Panama. Some 18.7% responded that they were uncertain about what his fate should be.