Allied Newspapers wants Adrian Hillman to refund unauthorised expenses
Allied Newspapers, publishers of the Times of Malta, wants its former managing director Adrian Hillman to refund money it says he spent without authorisation.
Mr Hillman had become embroiled in the Panama Papers scandal, when he was listed as the shareholder and beneficiary of the British Virgin Islands-registered Lester Holdings Ltd.
Mr Hillman stepped down and an internal inquiry was launched after journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia alleged that the company had been opened to deposit kickbacks received from the Office of the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. He denies the allegations.
In a judicial letter filed in the civil courts Allied Newspapers is calling on Mr Hillman “to repay amounts spent on company credit cards or transferred to other bank accounts without authorisation or documentation, money related to the unauthorised purchasing of cars using company funds, and money spent on "unilateral and abusive" wage increases paid to himself.”
The judicial letter concludes by stating that it was filed for the purposes of interrupting legal prescription to prevent any legal action on the part of the company from being time-barred.