January 20th 2022
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.