Malta police search former PM Muscat’s home as part of corruption probe

The authorities are investigating the transfer of the management of three Maltese hospitals

January 20th 2022

Malta police search former PM Muscat’s home as part of corruption probe

Maltese police searched the home of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Wednesday as part of an anti-corruption probe.

Muscat, his wife and daughters had their mobile phones confiscated, the former PM said in a Facebook post acknowledging the search took place.

The authorities are investigating the transfer of the management of three Maltese hospitals. The Times of Malta reported in November that Muscat received €60,000 from Accutor AG, a Swiss company linked to U.S. group Steward Health Care, which took over the contract for the hospitals from Malta-based Vitals Global Healthcare in 2018.

Muscat said he “was paid for consultancy work that was carried out after I left office, work which was not connected to Malta or to hospitals, and was fully documented and on which I paid tax,” Reuters reported.

Muscat stepped down in January 2020 amid growing pressure over the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed in October 2017 after a car bomb detonated outside her home.

(Source : https://www.politico.eu/article/malta-joseph-muscat-police-search-house-corruption-probe/)
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