The Malta Financial Serviecs Authority has slapped enforcement directives on two companies owned by Brian Tonna’s Nexia BT, The Malta Independent is informed.
The enforcement action was issued against BT Management Limited and BT International Limited, with the MFSA saying that the companies are “not in a position to continue servicing clients whilst adhering to the applicable legal requirements.”
The decision was taken on 23 September.
The directive by the MFSA bars the company from taking on new clients and from providing existing clients with any new or additional services “until the MFSA has obtained the necessary information and assurances on the impact that the recent developments may have”.
It also directs the company to issue a notification to clients on the recent developments and their impact on their services and to seek confirmation whether they wish to retain the services provided by BTI Management and BT International Limited.
The action comes after the long-time chief of staff of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Keith Schembri, was arrested after the asset-freezing order issued on Monday evening.
His arrest was over allegations that he took €100,000 in kickbacks on the sale of Maltese passports to a Russian family, with a magisterial inquiry into these allegations being concluded some days prior.
Tonna and another Nexia BT partner Karl Cini were also arrested in connection with the case.