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maltatoday 2 today SUNDAY • 22 SEPTEMBER 2019 • ISSUE 1038 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY today today YOUR FIRST READ AND CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT €1.95 MASSIMO COSTA THE Prime Minister has agreed to a request by the family of Daphne Caru- ana Galizia to meet to discuss their concerns over the members of the board of the public inquiry appointed to determine whether the journalist's murder could have been prevented. Both government sources and the Caruana Galizia family have confirmed that the intention is for the meeting to take place. Joseph Muscat will be attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week, with the meeting expected to be held once he is back in Malta the week after the next. The public inquiry, which was an- nounced by the government on Friday night, is to be presided over by Judge Emeritus Michael Mallia, and will also be composed of constitutional expert Professor Ian Refalo and forensics ex- pert Anthony Abela Medici. Shortly after the announcement, however, the Caruana Galizia family requested to meet Muscat over con- cerns about the board's composition. Matthew Caruana Galizia, writing on Facebook yesterday, elaborated on the concerns, asking how Refalo, "a lawyer defending the interests of Keith Schembri and Adrian Hillman", could possibly be a part of the inquiry. He also said Abela Medici's qualifica- tions were completely inadequate for the purposes of carrying out the in- quiry. INDEPENDENCE DAY Scicluna's pointed homily to Maltese leaders 7 Delia and the PN's glum party 6 Muscat will meet Caruana Galizias the purposes of carrying out the in- PAGE 3 T. 2379 4794 | | Y E A R S O F R E A L E S T A T E 1 9 6 9 2 0 1 9 For the last 50 years we have put integrity at the core of everything we do, driven to give you more than you expect. Local. Experienced. Personal. Frank. Since 1969. PILATUS BANK MFSA investigation handed to police LAMPUKI WARS MATTHEW VELLA MALTA'S financial regulator and the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit have completed a lengthy "transaction-by-trans- action" review at Pilatus Bank, and presented its findings to the police. The extensive review had been launched by both the MFSA and the FIAU before the US indict- ment of Ali Sadr Hasheminejad on charges of breaching sanc- tions against Iran, in February 2018. The review was meant to pro- vide a robust assessment of the now-shuttered bank's actions and – as stated by MFSA direc- tor-general Marianne Scicluna to MEPs – to "get to the bottom of allegations and concerns as to whether money laundering was carried out in the bank". The bank's operations are still the subject of at least two magis- terial inquiries, one triggered on an allegation by the late journal- ist Daphne Caruana Galizia that it processed a $1 million pay- ment on behalf of the Azerbai- jani ruling family, to the wife of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat; the other on a complaint filed by the former PN leader Simon Busuttil on money 11 ARCHDIOCESE OF MALTA malta SUNDAY • LAMPUKI WARS JEANETTE BORG The new voice of Maltese farming PAGES 16-17 Parliamentary secretary reacts as Med fi shing nations meet PAGE 27 FREE WITH MALTATODAY No tunnel please, we're Gozitans Numbers from Gozo tunnel survey have Adrian Delia reconsidering party's position PAGE 4 CARUANA GALIZIA INQUIRY

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