Frank Sammut kept direct contact with Trafigura, suggested products

Former MOBC chief was in direct contact with Dutch commodities firm Trafigura on information of Enemalta’s tender requirements, and even recommended the product, despite not being in accordance to specifications.

Frank Sammut being brought to court to face corruption charges
Frank Sammut being brought to court to face corruption charges

Back in the dock since his arraignment last week, 62-year old petrochemist Frank Sammut of Marsaxlokk, appeared before Magistrate Anthony Vella this afternoon, where Assistant Commissioner Michael Cassar presented the evidence gathered in a wide-ranging investigation concerning alleged corruption behind the purchase of Heavy Fuel Oil by Enemalta, as revealed by MaltaToday on January 20, 2013.

From the witness stand, Cassar explained that the Dutch commodities giant Trafigura had never featured among Enemalta's bidders or suppliers until Frank Sammut was contracted in 2004 to serve as former chairman Tancred Tabone's consultant on petroleum matters, who also gave him an influential role within the procurement committee.

Testifying for almost two hours, Cassar explained how police investigations into the allegations of corruption, had to begin from within Enemalta's head offices in Marsa, where piles of documents were analysed.

It was discovered that Trafigura were surprisingly awarded their first contract to supply fuel to Enemalta, shortly after Frank Sammut had been signed in by Tabone to serve as his consultant.

The contract he said was awarded to Trafigura when it didn't ever feature among a list of 16 bidders for a considerable consignment which had to supply Enemalta with low sulphur fuel oil for almost a year.

Sammut, who was arrested and interrogated seven times throughout the investigations since MaltaToday's revelations, admitted to being on the take over the years, and to have reached an agreement with Trafigura's Tim Waters, to be compensated with a 0.75c (US$) commission for every metric tonne of fuel supplied to Enemalta.

According to Cassar, the accused went on to admit that after accepting to be Trafigura's 'man inside' to help them win fuel contracts, he had gone to see the then Enemalta chairman Tancred Tabone about the offer, who in turn asked to be given half of the money.

Sammut reported back to Trafigura's agent in Malta, who was also present for the meeting with Tim Waters, that the Enemalta chairman was also in on the deal.

He added that he used to show Tabone the invoices, and split the money 50-50 with him.

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A lot of fuss about a tal-Lira clock, I bought one a few years ago and it didn`t work!
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Disgusting, a whole mess , betrayal.
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Kemma ħa ddumu titmejlu bil-poplu malti? Mela n-nies ħsibtuhom ċwieċ? Arloġġi w plattini...ħaħaħa. Anzi l-platt kien tal-fidda. Ara tagħmluomx fuq l-e Bay għal bejgħ!!! U jekk taqilgħu xi ħaġa ħuduha inthom ukoll ta'
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Given the kind of knowledge Ministers and their informers tend to have about high profile and important individuals on their watch, I find it extremely hard to believe that such collusion remained completely undetected for so long under any Minister's radar.
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The Police Commissioner or AG, or whoever is responsible for arresting the corrupt ones, should not insult the Maltese people's intelligence by bringing to the dock small fry as Mallia, T Mifsud and Ferris, and instead concentrate on the big fish. If they do not, they will have to face the consequences of a changed administration in the days' time.
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Worst thing, he recommended the product, despite not being in accordance to specification."who cares about the Maltese health."
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What a huge mess this banana republic of ours is into!! And looks like this thing can only get bigger. Where was the minister when all this was going on under his nose! One word for these people. GREED!!!!!
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We will soon be seeing a public auction with silver trays, Tal Lira clocks and maybe a few confiscated assets such as yachts, properties, luxury cars no this is not Miami but down town Malta ie if the police decide go do their job properly?
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We will soon be seeing a public auction with silver trays, Tal Lira clocks and maybe a few confiscated assets such as yachts, properties, luxury cars no this is not Miami but down town Malta ie if the police decide go do their job properly?
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Jidher car li l-poplu Malti mhux sodisfatt kif qed jitmexxew l-affarjiet s'issa. Dr. Muscat int se jkollok ir-responsabbilta li wara d-9 ta' Marzu, l-affarjiet iridu jsiru bl-akbar reqqa u jinghata sodisfazzjon shih lil-poplu Malti dwar min serqu. Ma ahniex interessati f'min ha plattin ghax dawn zgur ma kienux huma li approvaw il-kuntratti ta' miljuni. U jekk ma tinghadx il-verita u l-verita kolla il-mahfra ghanda tigi rtirata.