Al­lied News­pa­pers wants Adrian Hill­man to re­fund unau­tho­rised ex­penses

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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