Looking back at one of Keith Schembri’s longest statuses from 2017 makes for some shocking reading in light of the fact that he may be one of Malta’s most notorious criminal masterminds.
The post, which was written in May just days before the 2017 general election, touches on a number of different topics. However, it’s when he begins speaking about his relationship with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his multiple attempts at resigning that the emotion really starts flowing.
“Joseph Muscat isn’t just my boss – he is my best friend,” Schembri had written.
“And I have offered him my resignation on several occasions – not because I am guilty of what our opponents say, but because I do not want to be a distraction from the incredible job he is doing. He has always urged me to stay, that what we are doing for the country is important.”
He then moves onto accusations that he was using his job for personal financial gain.
“The attacks, essentially, all say the same thing. That I, in one way or another, tried to profit from my position in his government. I don’t like pointing this out, but my family business did well enough that I achieved financial security over a decade ago. Josette and I live a quiet, modest family life. If I needed more money I would have stayed managing my own business.”
“I went to work for the Prime Minister to put my business know-how to use in government.”
Schembri then turned to some of the projects the government had worked on.
“I saw how previous administrations wasted taxpayers’ money, and I wanted to do something about it. And we really have – whether earning some €350 million for Enemalta (left bankrupt and broken by the last government)… or introducing Public-Private Partnerships to bring world-class healthcare and transport to Malta.”
“Corrupt governments don’t deliver a surplus.”
“We are succeeding – and there is nothing that Busuttil and his string-pullers hate more than that. Now, that really is a fact,” he followed up.
He ends by reminding the reader that the future is in their hands, and no one else’s.
“In the end, what happens next isn’t up to me – or the newspapers. It’s up to you. The last few months have been awful, not so much for me, but my family. The one thought that keeps me going is my faith in what we can achieve together; and that our best days truly are still to come.”
Schembri is currently being held for questioning by police. His lawyers were spotted entering the Floriana police depot earlier today.