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Dalligate | Two missing pages from OLAF report revealed

The two missing pages from the OLAF report on events that led to resignation of former EU Commissioner John Dalli.

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Jurgen Balzan
23 May 2013, 12:00am


The two missing pages from the OLAF report published by MaltaToday have been published today by Brussels based newspaper New Europe. [READ HERE]

The two pages include a log of phonecalls between John Dalli and Silvio Zammit  show records of telephone calls between Silvio Zammit and John Dalli and between Silvio Zammit and Gayle Kimberly between 5 January 2012 and 8 January 2012.

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The EU anti-fraud office, OLAF, had concluded that Kimberley was an accomplice with Silvio Zammit in the preparation and facilitation of contacts and the alleged bribe requests that brought down the former EU commissioner.

The report, obtained by MaltaToday despite having been kept under wraps by the Maltese police and the Attorney General, even during the ongoing judicial proceedings against Silvio Zammit, raises serious questions as to why the Maltese police refused to charge Kimberley when OLAF described her as "a person concerned."

The logs shown in the missing pages published today show that Gayle Kimberley, the lobbyist whom Swedish Match paid €5,000 to secure access to John Dalli, received a phone call from Dalli's canvasser Silvio Zammit on 5 January which lasted 102 seconds.

The report states that Dalli and Zammit were in contact, one day before the meeting held on 6 January. In total there were five phone calls or SMSs between the two.

The second page of the report shows Gayle Kimberley boasting about the outcome of a meeting with the former Commissioner, in correspondence that she sent to Swedish Match.

The report also states that Kimberley felt  confident that Dalli was "not adverse[ sic ] to lifting the (snus) ban. 

"He mulled over it for a while and told me that in order to have an objective and solid basis to act eventually the Commissioner will hold the first proper consultation with the industry in February 2012 and insured [ sic ] me that he will personally ensure that snus producers are represented," the report quotes  Kimberley as saying.

She also boasted of having "direct access to the Commissioner to send any emails or information we want passed on to him."

However, Kimberley warned that "by no means did he give me any assurance of lifting the ban but his openness to listen and willingness to take any decision he deems necessary based on facts is very welcome." 

 

 
jurgen
Jurgen Balzan joined MaltaToday in 2011, specialising in politics, foreig...
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How should a Commissioner act when approached by lobbyists. Send them to hell or be attentive to their submissions and be open to listen to all parties concerned. How can a Commissioner form a reasoned opinion if he does not listen to all parties concerned. However, as Kimberley is alleged to have said, Dalli by no means gave her any assurances. Dalli acted correctly and there has been no indication at least so far of impropriety.
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How should a Commissioner act when approached by lobbyists. Send them to hell or be attentive to their submissions and be open to listen to all parties concerned. How can a Commissioner form a reasoned opinion if he does not listen to all parties concerned. However, as Kimberley is alleged to have said, Dalli by no means gave her any assurances. Dalli acted correctly and there has been no indication at least so far of impropriety.