National security is an ambiguous term in itself. It revolves around the state and its citizens. “A threat to national security” would entail those actions taken by anyone which would jeopardize the security of the state. Similarly, conduct “prejudicial to the vital interests of Malta” would also necessitate this. Examples include the taking away of human life, bodily harm, terrorism, causing extensive destruction to a state or government facility, a public transportation system or an infrastructure facility, to name but a few. If there is a proper reason as to why the relevant authority deems an applicant to be a threat to national security then the authority will be able to reject the application. Here the criminal record of the applicant is the most telling and relevant information such authority will use.
How does Malta define threats for its citizenship-by-investment program?
I read about CBI applicants, or approved applicants, being deemed “a threat to national security” or having conduct “prejudicial to the vital interests of Malta.” How does the government define these? Can they be used against applicants, and have they? It seems vague. Is there anything applicants should be worried about regarding this?
The applicant cannot be found guilty of any crimes such as terrorism, money laundering or any activity against the public interest or national security.