Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has skirted questions by this newspaper on what became of his promise to publish the list of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) who held HSBC Swiss bank accounts in Geneva.

Swiss Leaks data published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in 2015 showed that over €600 million was kept in 139 bank accounts linked to Maltese individuals and entities.

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The Swiss Leaks files are based on a list of around 60,000 leaked files that provide details on over 100,000 HSBC Geneva clients and their bank accounts.

HSBC had admitted compliance shortcomings at their branch in Geneva.

In March 2015, Dr Muscat had said the government had obtained the Swiss Leaks data and would be publishing the names of all Maltese PEPs mentioned in it.

A PEP is a legal term referring to people who have been entrusted with prominent public roles, including politicians, members of the judiciary and high-ranking members of the civil service and their relatives.

The Swiss Leaks investigations are still ongoing

Asked what had become of his pledge to publish the list of PEPs, a spokesman for Dr Muscat said in a terse reply that the Swiss Leaks investigations were still ongoing.

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Former Nationalist ministers Ninu Zammit and Michael Falzon were both found to have held undeclared banks accounts in Switzerland.

Mr Zammit held $3.2 million in his Swiss account, while Mr Falzon held €486,000 in his.

Both men repatriated the funds under government tax amnesties.

Malta Central Bank statistics show that over €148 million in undeclared foreign holdings have been repatriated under tax amnesties granted since 2002.

The 2014 tax amnesty saw €69.6 million worth of foreign-held assets previously unknown to the Maltese tax authorities being registered. Last month, the tax authorities told this paper they had recovered €7 million from their Swiss Leaks investigations.

Data provided by the Tax Compliance Unit (TCU) showed that 96 taxpayers featured on the Maltese list of account holders.

To date, 87 cases have been processed.

A total of €4.1 million in fines were levied on €2.9 million worth of tax that was evaded down the years, the data shows.

More tax revenue is set to be recovered as some of the more complex cases are still being investigated, the TCU said.

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