On 23 September, Lovin Malta reported that Pilatus Bank’s former head of compliance and legal Claude-Ann Sant Fournier was charged with money laundering along with the bank itself. The prosecution, as it typically does in these cases, asked the court to freeze her assets, as well as those of the bank. She argued that the only funds found her account were deposits from her salary, and therefore the request to freeze her money amounted to a “vexatious” request. The Magistrate ruled in favour of the defence and the Attorney General’s Office promptly filed an appeal in front of the Court of Criminal Appeal, and the Court of Appeal has now upheld the decision. This is said to be the first time a Maltese court has declined a freezing order against someone charged in their personal capacity and the decision confirmed on appeal.