Adrian Hill­man de­nies claims of ‘unau­tho­rised’ pay­ments, says ev­ery­thing was above board

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

For­mer Al­lied News­pa­pers manag­ing direc­tor Adrian Hill­man has de­nied claims of unau­tho­rised pay­ments.

Last week the com­pany filed a ju­di­cial let­ter and called 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 for­mer manag­ing direc­tor replied with a ju­di­cial let­ter of his own and de­nied these claims. “Mr Hill­man said the claims were com­pletely base­less. He de­nied mak­ing unau­tho­rised spend­ing and said such spend­ing was reg­u­larly reg­is­tered and ap­proved by the au­di­tors and the board, as well as the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing. This ap­plied also to the car bought for his use as well as other cars, which were bought in line with com­pany prac­tice,” the Times re­ports.

“He in­sisted that any pay rise he re­ceived was re­vealed to the board and ap­proved by the com­pany in its AGM.”

Mr Hill­man re­signed from Al­lied News­pa­pers in March af­ter he was listed as the share­holder and ben­e­fi­ciary of the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands-reg­is­tered Lester Hold­ings Ltd. He 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. Both deny the al­le­ga­tions.

Last week he filed a case be­fore the In­dus­trial Tri­bunal claim­ing un­fair dis­missal.

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