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Egrant inquiry: trust signatures were not the only forgeries, says Muscat

Prime Minister hints at more evidence revealed in full inquiry

Signatures on declarations of trust linking Michelle Muscat to Panama company Egrant were not the only forgeries identified in a magistrate's inquiry, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Sunday.

An inquiry partly-published last month concluded that these signatures had been falsified.

Dr Muscat said on July 25 that the full 1,500 page inquiry would be published in “the coming days”. So far, only 50 pages have been published by the Attorney General.

Speaking on Sunday during an interview on ONE radio, Dr Muscat said he was not surprised that certain people were seeking to undermine the Egrant inquiry.

Without naming anyone, Dr Muscat said he believed “these people” were representing themselves, not the PN.

'Frame up'

Dr Muscat said that in his view, the lack of evidence linking Egrant to his family was not the main conclusion to be drawn from the inquiry.

Rather, the main conclusion was that someone had gone to great lengths to forge documents in an attempt to frame him, Dr Muscat said.

He said that the falsified signatures identified by the inquiry experts was not the only forgery.  No further details were provided by the Prime Minister.

Dr Muscat said the forgery meant the Egrant saga was a closed chapter both for himself and the country.

The Prime Minister said those behind the elaborate plot to frame him should own up to it.

He expressed his commitment to publishing the inquiry, while allowing the police to get on with their investigations.

Last week, former FIAU manager Jonathan Ferris was called in for questioning by the police.

Opposition leader Adrian Delia also revealed that his right hand man, Pierre Portelli, had also been questioned.

Mr Portelli had in 2017 presented to the inquiry the trust declaration that was found to contain forged signatures.

Dr Muscat said he did not expect those who had been lying for over a year to suddenly start telling the truth and said he was not seeking revenge but justice.

'Always the underdog'

On recent opinion polls show Labour with a lead of close to 100,000 votes, Dr Muscat said this was an anomalous situation resulting from Simon Busuttil’s doings.

Dr Muscat said he approached every election like a football game, where the score started from nil-nil.

He said that Labour, when compared to the country’s establishment, was always an underdog.

Turning to developments in Gozo, Dr Muscat said the Barts medical school project would positively transform the island.

He said Gozo’s general hospital would in many sectors be on par with Mater Dei.

This would allow Maltese the option of going up to Gozo to seek treatment, as well as attracting medical tourism, he said.

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