Maltese investigation into suspended fisheries director began last October – police

The Maltese Economic Crimes Squad has been investigating the case of suspended fisheries director Andreina Fenech Farrugia since last October, the police said in a statement.

Fenech Farrugia was suspended indefinitely over claims that she demanded payments from Spanish tuna kingpin Jose Fuentes, who is at the centre of a Spanish investigation.

In a statement today, the police said that the Economic Crimes Unit began investigating as soon as the Malta Police became aware of these allegations, and have initiated a Magisterial Inquiry soon afterwards to collect all the evidence, and investigate these allegations.

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“Contact with the Spanish authorities have been made immediately, even with the assistance of Europol, both by the Malta Police and by the Inquiring Magistrate, and the investigation team also travelled to Madrid to meet with the Spanish authorities on this case.”

The police said that through the Economic Crimes Squad, it has cooperated fully with the Spanish authorities and handed over all required information, which information has been passed through the Europol channels. The police could not provide further details due to the ongoing inquiry.

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