John Dalli - A Corrupt EU Commissioner - Chapter 3




At the time Ellul Grech was arrested Mr. George Grech was the Police Commissioner. On his watch in August 1994 the police force awarded the company a tender to supply ten Daewoo Espero models (see list below). Soon after delivery these vehicles developed a serious steering column shake when travelling over 30mph. Many modifications were made and fitted by Korean technicians sent to Malta for the purpose. Despite this the problem persisted and the vehicles became unsafe to drive.

Without regard to these serious mechanical faults the company was awarded another tender in June 1995 by the Police Commissioner for another twenty models (see list below). The tender was valued at Lm250, 000 (€570, 000 approximately).



ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
403666

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
404340

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P.
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
404155

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
404157

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
404343

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
404342

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
404344

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
403586

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
403582

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
403583

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
403585

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
403662

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
403663

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
403664

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
403665

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
403584

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
404341

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
404154

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
404153

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1SB
404156

COMMISIONER OF POLICE
C.OF.P
02.06.95














ESPERO
KLAJF19W1RB
732998

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
C.of P.
19.08.94
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1RB
732980

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
C.of P.
19.08.94
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1RB
732999

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
C.of P.
19.08.94
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1RB
733000

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
C.of P.
19.08.94
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1RB
732981

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
C.of P.
19.08.94
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1RB
733001

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
C.of P.
19.08.94
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1RB
732982

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
C.of P.
19.08.94
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1RB
732988

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
C.of P.
19.08.94
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1RB
732989

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
C.of P.
19.08.94
ESPERO
KLAJF19W1RB
732983

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
C.of P.
19.08.94









Like other clients the police complained about the faulty Espero model and a small compensation package was agreed. This consisted of five Daewoo Racers free of charge on condition that the following was permanently displayed on them: “Donated by Daewoo Malta Ltd for the benefit of the community.”

Most of the Espero models sold to the police and private owners ended up being written off before the expectant date because of this design fault. No further compensation was paid to anyone.

It was this background and public anger that prompted the Labour Party and other bodies to demand an investigation.

Many people knew what was going on but nothing was done. The police never had any interest in conducting a proper investigation. Their only interest was to discredit and convict an innocent person.

2nd December 1999: In this court sitting in The Police vs Joseph Ellul Grech the computer forensic expert Martin Bajada who was appointed by the court gave his evidence. He confirmed to the court that there was no evidence that the defendant’s computer was linked to the anonymous letters and the charges being made by the prosecution and John Dalli. The sitting lasted about an hour.

Among the hardware and peripherals seized was an Epson Stylus 800 colour printer. This was supposed to have been used to print 20, 000 anonymous letters each containing three A4 sheets of paper. 60, 000 sheets of paper would have been required or one hundred and twenty packets (reams) of paper. It would have been impossible for the defendant to print such a large volume with the printer in his possession. Also a large amount of ink cartridges would have been required. The police did not find any evidence of stationery or ink used at the defendant’s home.

Martin Bajjada the computer expert also confirmed that the defendant’s computer had not been in use since the 9th or 10th October 1999 until the day the police seized it. Another reason why it was impossible for the defendant to be connected to the sending of the anonymous letters.

On the same day Christopher Farrugia stated in his witness that the analysis for saliva he had conducted on the envelopes and stamps up to that point in time had produced negative results. However, he still had approximately another 1, 000 to analyse.  All that remained was Ivan Formosa the handwriting expert and PC956 Andrew Caruana to conclude their investigations.

In his witness on that day PC956 confirmed that he had not started his investigations as yet. This was the expert witness that delayed the proceedings for years because of one excuse or another.

Reports on the situation at Daewoo continued to be published by the media regularly. Allegations that the company was bankrupt were denied.

12th December 1999: the media reported the leader of the opposition Dr. Alfred Sant, in parliament gave detailed information of all the clients that had their HP payments misappropriated. 

The press reported that Lm1.5 million of clients HP payments were misappropriated from some 1, 500 clients. When the bank realized that client’s HP payments were not being passed on to them they asked for an HP accounts reconciliation and contacted all clients demanding payments that they had already made. Many of these clients were police officers who had bought vehicles on HP from the company. However, for some reason the client’s anger was suppressed. From all the clients who were defrauded only two managed to start proceedings against the company. They were intimidated into stopping their cases against UCA/Daewoo (Malta) Ltd.





 Translation for the above article to be published later.







14th January 2000: “Time to break the silence”
 however the silence continues to this day. 


The law of OMERTA reigns. 




6th February 2000: Scicluna denies all
 allegations.