No, I will not shut up

When a pri­vate com­pany is­sues a vague state­ment which sounds like it is com­ing di­rectly from the PR guys at Castille, I se­ri­ously worry.

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Claudette But­tigieg is a PN MP – cbut­tigieg08@gmail.com, twit­ter: @ButClaudette

11 Novem­ber 1992

Iam re­fer­ring to the press re­lease is­sued by Vi­tals Global Health­care as a re­ac­tion to the press con­fer­ence which I ad­dressed along with Chris Said and David Thake on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The in­for­ma­tion we gave in the press con­fer­ence, and the sub­se­quent ques­tions we raised, were ad­dressed to the gov­ern­ment. Em­phat­i­cally not to Vi­tals. No se­ri­ous com­pany would ever dream of get­ting in­volved in the po­lit­i­cal de­bate be­tween two po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Ac­tu­ally, no se­ri­ous gov­ern­ment would push a com­pany to ex­pose it­self in such a man­ner.

Let me stick to the un­de­ni­able facts: 1. The com­pa­nies set up in Malta by Vi­tals were reg­is­tered be­tween 13 and 18 May 2015. The very next day, on 19 May, Kon­rad Mizzi an­nounced that Vi­tals was one of the pre­ferred bid­ders to take over three of our hos­pi­tals – Gozo Gen­eral Hospi­tal, Karin Grech Hospi­tal and St Luke’s Hospi­tal. 2. The con­tract be­tween Kon­rad Mizzi (on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment of Malta) and Ram Tu­mu­luri (on be­half of Vi­tals) was signed on 30 Novem­ber, 2015. A mere two days later (2 December), Karl Cini from Nexia BT gave Mos­sack Fon­seca the go-ahead to open the bank ac­counts. This we know through the Panama Pa­pers rev­e­la­tions. 3. Kon­rad Mizzi con­tin­ued to sign agree­ments (in­clud­ing the side let­ter signed on 19 May, 2016, which was pub­lished by Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia on her blog) when he was no longer Min­is­ter for Health. 4. Court doc­u­ments from the Supreme Court of Bri­tish Columbia in Canada, re­veal that Ram Tu­mu­luri was in­volved in tax eva­sion (a tax called GST, which is the equiv­a­lent to our VAT). He also de­stroyed (or spir­ited away) the ac­count­ing records of a ho­tel he was in­volved in. He made off with the de­posits made by the ho­tel’s cus­tomers for their Christ­mas hol­i­days. Un­der our law, all three are very se­ri­ous crimes, all pun­ish­able by jail. The ob­vi­ous ques­tions which arise from these facts are many.

Since the mother com­pany of Vi­tals is a PO Box com­pany in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, we will never know who is ac­tu­ally be­hind this deal in­volv­ing our hos­pi­tals.

The only name which con­tin­ues to pop up every­where is Ram

The Malta In­de­pen­dent Fri­day 11 Novem­ber 2016

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