One of the recent high-profile court cases in the United States was that of Ghislaine Maxwell who, yesterday, was found guilty by the jury. She was accused, among other things of having procured underage escorts for Jeffrey Epstein. What has escaped local media is the fact that there is a hidden and intricate connection with Malta. The connection is not with Ghislaine Maxwell but with the judge who presided her case and one of the lawyers used by Jeffrey Epstein. Strangely enough, these connections lead to one of the most controversial investigations that Daphne Caruana Galizia was following.
What triggered my interest in the Maxwell case was the news, in the local media, that Ned Price is worried about corruption and the rule of law in Malta. Price is so worried that he went so far as to issue a travel ban to the US against Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri and their families. Incidentally, Price did not mention the name of Yorgen Fenech. But Jason Azzopardi, who is one of the civil party lawyers of the Caruana Galizia family wrote a post stating that this ban included Fenech! This statement was endorsed by David Casa, who is an MEP. Casa added that the travel ban extended to Fenech’s family. I have published two extensive articles stating that it is rather odd that the USA puts a travel ban on an individual who cannot travel because he is in prison and further extends the travel ban on his immediate family, who have nothing to do with the Daphne Caruana Galizia’s case.
In my articles, I argued that the only reason that could justify a travel ban against Konrad Mizzi is the fact that Mizzi had struck a good energy deal. And here is the first link to Daphne’s murder. It is being officially alleged that the motive for her murder is related to the ElectoGas deal. This motive replaced yet another theory regarding oil trafficking. Daphne was also investigating the latter case, and immediately after her murder, the international press gave this as the cause for her being assassinated. Strangely, such a motive was never pursued and in fact, was suppressed.
We then have the case of Ali Sadr, the owner of Pilatus Bank Malta. Sadr was first convicted in the US and then freed. The judge presiding over his case was Alison J. Nathan who also heard the recent Maxwell case. Nathan is a former aide of Obama and has ruled on cases involving Elon Musk and Harvey Weinstein.
But more interesting, she is the same judge who heard the retrial of Pilatus Bank owner, Ali Sadr and set him free. This is what Gabriel Schembri from Shift News wrote about this case:
Incidentally, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s defence lawyers was Reid Weingarten. Weingarten was very sceptical of Epstein having committed suicide by hanging in prison.
What is significant here is that Weingarten was Ali Sadr’s advocate.
When Ali Sadr was arrested in the United States, MFSA appointed Lawrence Connell to take charge of all the assets of Pilatus Bank Malta, and for this job, he received 345,000 euro. A sum of money paid to him by direct order.
I remember having questioned such an appointment which however Joe Ellis – who today is the spokesperson for justice in the Nationalist Party – defended 100%. What has not been stated though is that Connell had ties with Riggs Bank in the United States. The Chief Operating Officer at Riggs Bank was Lawrence Connell and Riggs Bank had a similar history to Malta’s Pilatus Bank.
There are too many convoluted interests in all these events. Too many big names are involved in both stories. Both stories deserve more attention and investigation by the local media if it really wants to understand what is happening on the local financial system platform and who is really pulling the strings in the investigation and eventual trial of Yorgen Fenech in connection with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.