The Times of Malta on 10th October reported that Malta has been pinpointed as being at the centre of illicit smuggling across the Mediterranean by an international police investigation led by Italy’s Guardia di Finanza. Italian journalists from the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) looked into rafts of classified documents and Italian police intelligence, documenting a dozen major smuggling busts in the last decade run by Maltese citizens and transacted just off Malta’s shores or supported by Maltese shipyards that service vessels used in international maritime crime. A particular wharf in the far end of the Grand Harbour, Il-Moll tal-Pont, was picked out as a hotspot. The articles cite several sea smuggling cases involving diesel fuel, drugs and cigarettes.
see also the OCCRP report of 10th October –