Former Chief-of-Staff of ex-Maltese PM granted pre-trial bail
VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Keith Schembri, former Chief-of-Staff of former Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was granted bail against a deposit of 60,000 euros and a personal guarantee of 90,000 euros. He was released from pre-trial detention subject to a number of conditions. These include a curfew from 8pm to 7am, a prohibition on approaching the airport or beaches and the surrendering of his passport, ID card and driving licence.
The court rules that there is enough evidence for the accused to be placed under a bill of indictment.
Schembri was arrested and charged on March 20 in connection to money laundering, fraud, forgery and corruption. Two magisterial inquiries which were initiated following an application filed by then Opposition Leader and Partit Nazzjonalista leader Simon Busuttil led to the arrests of eleven individuals. The magisterial inquiry into allegations of corruption carried out by Schembri and Nexia BT’s Brian Tonna was concluded in September last year while a second inquiry into allegations of graft and money laundering between Schembri and former Managing Director of Allied Newspapers Adrian Hillman was concluded last month.
Former Chief-of-Staff Keith Schembri was denied bail twice with the magistrate previously saying that allegations he had forged documents did not give her peace of mind and that there was real danger of interference in ongoing investigations.
The next court session will resume on May, 11.