A news release from the US State Department on 22 December advised the public designation of former Maltese public officials Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri due to their involvement in significant corruption.  It says that in their official capacities as Minister of Energy and Conservation of Water and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, they were involved in corrupt acts that included using their political influence and official power for their personal benefit.  Specifically, it says, there is credible information that Mizzi and Schembri were involved in a corrupt scheme that entailed the award of a government contract for the construction of a power plant and related services in exchange for kickbacks and bribes.  Their actions are said to have undermined rule of law and the Maltese public’s faith in their government’s democratic institutions and public processes.

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