According to a report from MaltaToday, Malta’s consul in Tripoli has been recalled to Malta for "urgent police questioning", after allegations of fraud in the Maltese embassy in the issuing of travel visas for Libyans.
Dr Marisa Farrugia was reportedly interrogated by senior police officers from the Criminal Investigations Department in Floriana.
A number of Maltese companies are said to have raised the alarm when they realised that their letterheads were being used on recommendations and the official invitations used for the issuing of visas for Libyans.
At present the Tripoli embassy issues up to 300 visas to Malta every day.
Following allegations that the Consulate was charging up to €3,000 for visa applications which should cost €70 (120 Libyan Dinars), the processing of applications and back-office work was outsourced to VFS Global, which is not involved in the investigations.
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