The Permanent Commission Against Corruption finds no proof of corruption in three cases
The Permanent Commission Against Corruption has concluded there was no evidence of corruption in three cases it had been requested to investigate. This was stated in a report that was tabled in the Chamber of Deputies.
The first was an investigation into allegations made by Eugen Mischiu against the company Accounting Services Limited where he was employed as an Executive Accountant up to last March. Mischiu had written to the Commission in the role of a whistleblower regarding suspicion that the sport gaming company had laundered €2 million in connection with sport wagers.
The Commission, led by Emeritus Judge Lawrence Quintana said the whistleblower had not taken in mind specification of the legality regulated by the Permanent Commission which has very limited competence and jurisdiction.
The second case concerned a complaint made by the Bulgarian couple Kolyo Yordzhev and Rumyana Yordzheva that the declaration they made at Qawra Police Station in July of 2013 had been tampered with by the Police to prevent steps being taken against Ivan Darinov Bekriev. The couple alleged that Bekriev had pressurised their daughter for her to be sold into prostitution.
The Commission concluded that the details provided did not prove there was any form of corruption attempt of a person accepting money or securing advantage not to carry out their job properly. In the case of Police not taking any action, the Commission stated it has no competence in this regard but the allegation may be placed before the Office of the Ombudsman.
The third case was an allegation of corruption made by Salvu and Elizabeth Grech against architect Silvio Farrugia regarding permission for a fuel station in the Marsascala Bypass. The Grechs had written to MP Glenn Bedingfield about this allegation and Bedingfield had forwarded the email to Johann Buttigieg who was the CEO of the Planning Authority. Buttigieg had sent for the Grechs who continued to insist they would not withdraw their allegation and the CEO had referred the case to the Commission Against Corruption. After investigations it resulted there was no proof of any corruption involved.