Dalli told the Commissioner of Lands that the land was to be given to them in perpetuity, for an annual ground rent.Dalli was not the Minister responsible for government property at the time, but he completely bypassed the minister responsible.This is the story, and I am going to tell it in chronological order and bald facts, so that there is no room for confusion.On 7th November 1990, John Dalli, who was then Minister for Economic Affairs in the government led by Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami, wrote to the Commissioner of Lands, instructing him to give a large tract of state-owned land in Qormi to a company which Marsovin had incorporated with a view to setting up a brewery to make Löwenbräu beer under licence.Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.LATEST: Ali Fahour has quit his AFL job after being banned from playing football for life.
The only honourable and gentlemanly way out left for him became that of stepping down until his name and that of his wife were cleared.
The seriousness of the allegation that the Prime Minister’s wife owned a secret offshore shell company was compounded by another serious allegation that large sums of money had been transferred from a company belonging to the daughter of the President of Azerbaijan, to Michelle Muscat’s company through an account at Pilatus Bank.
This led to the setting up of a magisterial inquiry to investigate the allegations of corrupt dealings by Muscat and his wife, as well as by Schembri.
To add to the conspiracy story, Deborah Schembri has also repeated incessantly that she has the sworn testimony of an anonymous eye-witness who told her he saw “Jason Azzopardi walking round the land with Nazzareno Vassallo”, the company CEO.
Having investigated the story, I am at a loss to decide which is the more shocking: the true facts of the case involving John Dalli and Marsovin, or the sight and sound of the government brazenly lying, when it knows it is lying, in a Joseph-Goebbels-inspired exercise to achieve the double objective of tarnishing its most vociferous critic on the Opposition benches, while simultaneously protecting John Dalli, who is a consultant to the Prime Minister, and Dalli’s clients, the wine-makers Marsovin.