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After the Panama Papers and Malta Files, the third global leak to impact Malta and its low-tax jurisdiction in two years is set to unfurl in the coming days.
Dubbed The Paradise Papers, the leak was obtained by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Slain investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s son Matthew is one of six people who form the ICIJ’s international Data and Research Unit on this leak.
This is what we know so far...
1. Malta as a source for Azeri money
Azeri billionaire Mübariz Mansimov, listed by Forbes as one of the richest people in the world, is linked to over 100 Maltese companies as part of his Palmali shipping group. Several other Azeris linked to Maltese shipping and maritime companies are also expected to show up.
Earlier this year, late journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia reported that the three largest clients of Pilatus Bank are Azeri minister Kamaladdin Heydarov and Ilham’s son and daughter: Heydar Alive and Leyla Aliyeva.
Matthew Caruana Galizia is a software engineer and data journalist. He holds a joint postgraduate degree from the Danish School of Journalism and City University London and was a Carnegie-Knight fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. While working at FT Labs, he was a core developer on several products for the Pearson publishing group, including the FT Web App FT Tilt and the Economist web app. Prior to joining the ICIJ, he worked with an investigative data journalism team led by Giannina Segnini at La Nación, in Costa Rica.
Mishcon de Reya, mentioned in the Private Eye story clipped below, is the very same London law firm which Henley & Partners, in association with Malta’s crooked Prime Minister and his bent chief of staff, uses to intimidate journalists and other critics into silence.