In an unequivocally worded public statement, Dr. Jean-Philippe Chetcuti – Managing Partner of Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates – addresses the serious allegations raised against his firm and person in a French TV-report last month.
The statement is reprinted in full below:
Statement by Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, Managing Partner, Chetcuti Cauchi
Monday, 07 October 2019
Recently, a TV programme transmitted on the French station M6 contained allegations and insinuations about Chetcuti Cauchi’s handling of IIP applications. As a result, our license has been temporarily suspended and the regulators are currently looking into the matter. A request for a magisterial inquiry has also been made.
We categorically deny all these allegations and insinuations. We always acted professionally, ethically and with utmost diligence, and we never broke the law. We are fully cooperating with the competent authorities, as is our obligation. We will continue to do so until the truth we already know is vindicated.
The time will come when I will gladly answer all media questions. Today I prefer to allow all public institutions concerned to discharge their duties in total freedom and serenity.
I will therefore limit myself to the following declarations and statements of fact:
- I deny that I promised to obtain any illegal advantage for our clients. I equally deny that I ever spoke to politicians to illegally intervene on our clients’ behalf.
- It is a fact that no client of ours whose application for a Maltese passport was rejected has ever had this rejection overturned.
- We have never accepted clients with a criminal record. In addition, none of our clients has ever had his or her citizenship revoked because of criminal convictions after citizenship was granted. In any case, IIP rules themselves automatically disqualify applicants with a criminal record or who are being prosecuted for a criminal offense.
Our firm currently employs 140 people – all professionals in their respective fields – who support their families through our firm. Allow me to make one heartfelt appeal on their behalf.
We have no difficulty to open our doors to scrutiny by public institutions. Let them do all the work that the law obliges them to do. It does not worry us. The only thing I ask is that the review of our license is carried out in the shortest time possible. The livelihoods of 140 families are at stake.
Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti
Managing Partner, Chetcuti Cauchi