He may also want to recall that he was legal advisor to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet and attended Cabinet meetings while all this impunity, crime and corruption were at their peak.
They gave him a hero’s send-off. They depicted him as a saviour, a saint and a martyr, the ultimate politician and statesman. They should have depicted him as he really is – reprehensible, repugnant, repulsive and revolting. They should have told him “good riddance to bad rubbish”.
The FIAU revealed “serious shortcomings” that placed Pilatus “in breach of several provisions” of Malta’s money laundering rules, and which exposed the bank and “the jurisdiction as a whole to a high level of risk”. FIAU at the time had found Pilatus’s dependence on a small clientele of mainly Azerbaijani PEPs of great concern. Sadly MFSA and the Police Commissioner did not share the FIAU’s view.
Muscat has overseen Malta’s transformation into a haven and a heaven for criminals and money launderers. His tenure has been characterised by an unprecedented, incessant stream of corruption scandals.
Machiavelli would have had a blast working at the Prime Minister’s office at Castille, the command centre of a network of unprecedented and unparalleled corruption and crime.