Perici Calas­cione speaks of ‘hid­den hand’ be­hind al­le­ga­tions against him

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Na­tion­al­ist Party yes­ter­day re­quested its ethics com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate a let­ter sent by a “dis­ap­pointed Na­tion­al­ist” which makes al­le­ga­tions against one of the con­tenders for the party lead­er­ship, Alex Perici Calas­cione.

The let­ter was also sent to the me­dia and lists Perici Calas­cione’s con­nec­tion through mar­riage with the Pisani fam­ily, share­hold­ers of the Corinthia Group when other share­hold­ers, ac­cord­ing to the let­ter, are mem­bers of the Gaddafi fam­ily.

As Op­po­si­tion leader, this could put him in a con­flict of in­ter­est given the an­nounce­ment by the Corinthia Group of a mega-project in the St Julian’s area.

The let­ter also says that Dr Perici Calas­cione is the ben­e­fi­cial owner of Fu­ture In­vest­ments Ltd, which owns Fenici In­sur­ance Agency, which in turn owns a ma­jor­ity stake in an­other com­pany, one of whose part­ners in on the run for al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds.

The com­pany, the let­ter says, has not pre­sented its ac­counts since 2012, when it had debts of some €500,000. These facts had not been de­clared to the party, the let­ter­writer said.

The let­ter also re­quests the com­mit­tee to deal with the mat­ter be­fore the elec­tion, which will be held on Satur­day.

He said that he is not sign­ing the let­ter fol­low­ing a string of per­sonal at­tacks which have dom­i­nated the cam­paign, but be­lieves that what he said in the let­ter should be in­ves­ti­gated im­me­di­ately.

The ethics com­mit­tee has al­ready dis­cussed claims made against Adrian Delia, an­other can­di­date. The party ad­min­is­tra­tive com­mit­tee met last night.

In a state­ment, Perici Calas­cione said that the email had been sent by a “hid­den hand” serv­ing some­one’s in­ter­ests at this del­i­cate stage of the cam­paign.

He said that as soon as he had learnt about the let­ter, he in­formed the ad­min­is­tra­tive com­mit­tee chair­man, Karol Aquilina, to put the mat­ter be­fore the ethics com­mit­tee.

“Who­ever planned, ap­proved and im­ple­mented this let­ter should rest as­sured that the at­tempt will not suc­ceed. These tac­tics are the worst form of old pol­i­tics and carry noth­ing new,” he said.

In com­ments to the me­dia later, Perici Calas­cione said that if elected leader, he would ab­stain from par­tic­i­pat­ing in any de­bate con­cern­ing the Corinthia group devel­op­ment. He said he had re­signed from the com­pany men­tioned in the let­ter in Fe­bru­ary last year.

He again men­tioned a hid­den hand be­hind such al­le­ga­tions, say­ing one should re­flect on who stands to gain from this at­tempt.

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