John Dalli - A Corrupt EU Commissioner - Chapter 4




7th February 2000: Dr. Alfred Sant Leader of the opposition calls for an investigation into Daewoo loans.




























10th February: Opposition Leader Dr. Alfred Sant sites conflict of interest by auditing firm in the Daewoo case.







14th March 2000: court sitting lasted half hour, case deferred. Experts had not finished their investigations. The case was deferred because the handwriting and fingerprint experts had not concluded their investigations.





16th March 2000: In-Nazzjon Newspaper (A Nationalist Party rag) published an exclusive report. In it they alleged that the stationery used to send the anonymous letters came from parliament. Joseph Ellul-Grech did not have any connections to anyone in parliament. However, John Dalli did, he was Finance Minister at the time.





In brief the above article gives details that the costs involved in sending these 20, 000 anonymous letters would have been Lm2, 000 (€4, 600 approximately). It also explained that there was a number of different handwritings on the envelopes and that it would have been impossible for one person to send such a large amount of letters by post.

The article goes on to say that Mario Galea a Nationalist Party MP who was the Government’s Whip alleged that Labour Party MP’s had asked for a large amount of A4 paper without watermark. He alleged that the Labour Party did not state what the paper was used for.  In the same parliamentary sitting the Prime Minister Dr. Eddie Fenech Adami accused the opposition of using government stationery to print false statements to send to the public.

Mario Galea MP (Nationalist Party) happened to be the person that on the morning of the 16th November 1999 at approximately 2.00am was involved in a serious car accident on St. Ann’s Street Floriana. The accident was recorded on the CCTV security cameras of the USA Embassy. Allegedly Mario Galea had bundles of these letters in his car.




17th March 2000 The In-Nazzjon newspaper (an organ of the Nationalist Party whose main mission is to cover up  the scandals committed by PN MP's ) published another article. In it the PM Eddie Fenech Adami accused Labour Party MP’s of using government stationery to send the anonymous letters.




Despite these developments confirming that the defendant was not involved in the sending of these letters the legal proceedings against him continued. At a later stage the Auditor General's investigations were finalized and concluded that the Labour Party had no connection to the anonymous letters.





10th July 2000: court sitting lasted about an hour, case deferred. The handwriting and finger print experts had not concluded their investigations. Meanwhile the media continued to publish articles about the crisis at Daewoo. All that was being published continued to be denied.

1st September 2000: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The handwriting and finger print experts had not concluded their investigations

10th October 2000: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The handwriting and finger print experts had not concluded their investigations

1st December 2000: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The handwriting and finger print experts had not concluded their investigations

22nd January 2001: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The handwriting expert concluded his investigations. All his results were negative. His report confirmed that none of the handwritings belong to the defendant. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.

1st February 2001: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.

 27th March 2001: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.
  
6th July 2000: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.

5th October 2001: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.









29th October 2001: Started legal proceedings against the Attorney General and the Police Commissioner for breach of human rights caused by the delay in forensic investigations. The defendant suspected that the police were purposely dragging their feet. 




2nd February 2002: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.
  
5th April 2002: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.

7th May 2002: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.

28th May 2002: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.

9th July 2002: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.

24th September 2002: Hearing lasted about half an hour, case deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations.

9th October 2002: Magistrate Dr. Noel Cuschieri appointed judge. Case was shelved until another magistrate takes it over.

31st October 2002: Hearing deferred. The fingerprint expert PC956 Andrew Caruana had not concluded his investigations. There was no magistrate available to take the case over.

 4th February 2003: Hearing in front of Magistrate A. Micallef Trigona. Sitting lasted about half hour. PC956 Andrew Cremona failed to finish his investigations.

20th May 2003: Sitting lasted about half hour. PC956 Andrew Cremona finished his investigations and submitted his report.
  
11th September 2003: Sitting lasted about half hour. PC956 Andrew Cremona concluded his investigations. It is evident that this witness delayed the case purposely. His expert witness report is dated 31 October 2001. However, this was not submitted until the 20th May 2003 sitting.

27th October 2003: DEFENDANT ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST HIM BY EU COMMISSIONER JOHN DALLI AND THE POLICE.





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