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Newspaper post YOUR FIRST READ AND CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 25 NOVEMBER 2018 • ISSUE 994 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY SUNDAY • 25 NOVEMBER 2018 • ISSUE 994 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY maltatoday SUNDAY • 25 NOVEMBER 2018 • ISSUE 994 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY today today • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY today • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY FIAU found clients with suspected organised crime links SASHA TAYLOR EAST Why Malta has to up its game on mental healthcare INTERVIEW 16-17 €1.95 SPEECH DAY! Adrian Delia at the General Council The PN's economic policy dissected 10-11 SAVIOUR BALZAN 'Shrimp cocktail at the GC' 21 2 INSIDE SATABANK Rollback on facial recognition CCTV MATTHEW VELLA A much-vaunted facial recogni- tion CCTV system will not be deployed in Malta, as privacy rules and a lack of justifica- tion for the invasiveness of the Chinese-designed technology would probably make it illegal. Joseph Cuschieri, a director of the government company Safe City Malta, which is working with Chinese telecommunica- tions giant Huawei, told Mal- taToday that although even Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced the controversial facial recognition CCTV during Budget 2019, Safe City Malta was not deploying it. "Although the Safe City tech- nology has advanced facial recognition capability, Safe City Malta is not planning to deploy this," Cuschieri said, instead saying that the CCTV system that will be installed in Paceville and Marsa will be 'ad- vanced video surveillance'. "In other jurisdictions, [facial recognition CCTV] has been deployed in situations where sensitive security issues are concerned, such as border con- trols or where a high risk of ter- rorism exists. Such deployment would require the scrutiny and clearance of privacy controllers at both national and EU level," Cuschieri said. Instead Safe City Malta will be deploying Huawei's advanced video surveillance, which would still need clearance from data and privacy controllers at national and EU level. PAGE 2 MATTHEW VELLA SATABANK, the Bulgarian- owned bank recently ordered to stop operations by the Mal- tese financial regulator, was operating a high-risk model that had taken on clients with suspected organised crime links. A source privy to the inves- tigations currently underway inside the bank, which are be- ing led by a 'competent person' under the guidance of auditors EY, told MaltaToday that Sa- tabank had been operating "a very high-risk model, that is, taking onboard clients with suspected organised crime links and money launder- ing intentions. They were not doing proper know-your- customer and due diligence checks on the source of funds." The serious revelations were made clear on 12 October by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, which found "serious potential breaches" that led the Maltese financial regulator (MFSA) to order the bank to refrain from carrying out transac- tions. PAGE 3 POLICE investigators attempt- ing to corroborate information on the offshore company 17 Black in Dubai and its connec- tions to the Panama companies owned by Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi, have yet to col- lect substantial evidence to call in possible suspects. MaltaToday was told by police sources that investigators are yet to corroborate the information publicly revealed on the owner- ship of 17 Black – the Electrogas shareholder and magnate Yor- gen Fenech – before they can establish a reasonable suspicion of criminal intent. "If we call in any so called 'sus- pect' without any evidence in hand, their lawyers will simply tell them to up and leave... they will ask us if they are under cau- tion, and without anything con- crete in our hand to suggest an attempt at money laundering or bribery, they will not even talk," the source said. Despite having started their inquiries since March 2018, when the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) handed over their file on 17 Black, in- vestigators have only recently requested the intervention of a magistrate to issue letters rogatory to the Dubai Attorney General. Police wary of premature interrogations without 17 Black 'evidence' PAGE 3 A Safe City director says Malta cannot deploy facial recognition CCTV without a strong enough justification 2 INSIDE 2 HELL HATH NO FURY! Black metal vocalist Mikaela Attard up close MT2

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