Former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri is one of several people expected to be charged in court on Saturday, following the conclusions of a magisterial inquiry relating to money laundering allegations.
The magisterial inquiry had been requested by former PN leader Simon Busuttil back in May 2017, over money laundering allegations on him (Schembri) and ex Allied Newspapers managing director Adrian Hillman, wherein Schembri had allegedly passed €650,000 on to Hillman through regular €5,000 payments between 2011 and 2015. This is believed to be linked to when Keith Schembri’s company, Kasco, had won a tender to supply Allied Group’s Progress Press with a printing press back in 2010.
The inquiry’s conclusions have not yet been published.
Schembri had already said that he expected to be charged in a Facebook post earlier this week, while also saying that he did not agree with the inquiry’s conclusions and called them a ‘travesty of justice’. He had also mentioned that the inquiry had recommended that action be taken against the Directors of Allied Newspapers.
In his Facebook post, Schembri held that Progress Press issued a tender in which three companies took part, which was scrutinised by two major auditing firms, from two company boards, and he also said that the tender was won as Kasco’s bid was over €2 million cheaper than the closest competitor