Jimmy Magro to face corruption charges in court after three years

Next month the Court will be hearing a case against the former Secretary General of the Labour Party Jimmy Magro on corruption charges following his arraignment by the police through a summons presented earlier this year.

A spokesman for the police confirmed to The Shift that after three years of investigations, the police have finally arraigned Magro, with the case expected to be heard by Magistrate Ian Farrugia.

In 2017, the Permanent Commission against Corruption had concluded a probe against Magro in which it found that the former Labour politician had solicited bribes related to a €250,000 public tender when he was responsible of the Association of Local Councils.

According to the Commission, although no money was exchanged, this was “a case of corruption or an attempt of corruption” by a public officer that should be ultimately decided by a Court”.

The Commission, presided over by former Judge Lawrence Quintano, had added that it was “morally convinced” that Magro had sought money from the tender.

The case revolves around a 2014 public tender for the commissioning of a €250,000 compost machine. According to Victor Bonello, one of the bidders,  Magro – who was as a member of the tender’s evaluation committee at the time – had asked for a €25,000 cut to award him the tender.

In his testimony before the Corruption Commission, Magro had denied the claims, together with further allegations that he had also asked the bidders to pay for a trip he had made to Alsace, France.

He had said that at in 2014 he earned an income of €100,000 a year and did not need to solicit any money.

Magro, who served as Labour’s Secretary General for 12 years until 2003, was employed as chairman of a State entity on a person of trust basis when Joseph Muscat was elected prime minister in 2013.

The entity – Major Projects Coordination Agency – which has now folded was set up from scratch by Magro and formed part of Malta Enterprise. It was responsible for major government projects with a multi-million euro budget.

Soon after the revelations by the Commission against Corruption, Magro was suspended from work but not sacked. Instead, he was only suspended on half of his €50,000 annual salary until his contract expired in 2018.

The police’s probe into Magro, based on the Commission’s report concluded in 2017, took three years to complete.

In an attempt to stop or slow down the start of criminal procedures against him, in 2018, Magro filed a constitutional case against the Commission and the prime minister claiming that he had suffered huge damage as a result of the corruption probe. He had also claimed that he was not given the opportunity to defend himself.

Magro’s claim was dismissed by the Constitutional Court earlier this month.

                           
                               
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mick
mick
10 months ago

We really need to go back in history when dealing with these crooks, why not have them crucified and put on display at the entrance to Valletta so all potential crooks can see what’s on offer. The trouble is, that there are so many requiring such radical treatment that the entrance would soon be blocked!

carlo
carlo
10 months ago

wara tlett snin u bis-sahha tal-ligijiet Ewropej bdejna niccaqilqu, ghalkem tard wisq.
il-korrotti kollha jirezenjaw u jdahhlu nofs paga – dan minfok imorru jgawdu il-fus illeciti go xi cella. X’asr min caruana tal-exministru tal-edukazzjoni varist bartolo? tghid se jkollna nistennew xi tlett snin ohra? Iridu jghaddu tlett generazzjonijiet jekk kull skandlu li kellna f’dawn l-ahhar tmien snin se jimxi b’dan ir-ritmu. SHAME

Joe
Joe
10 months ago

Is this Jimmy’s tip of the iceberg?

Salvu Felice-Pace
Salvu Felice-Pace
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

And whatever happened to another previous Gensd Secretary of the Labour Party Sammut. The court case strarted years ago, would some journalist investigate please.

Raymond Farrugia
Raymond Farrugia
10 months ago

€100,000 ghax kin laghqi tal partit!

Toni
Toni
10 months ago

Poor guy….he thought he could do the same thing as those in Castille allowed everyone to do…..only thing is, he was too small a fish to upset the scales to protect him…..they are having a hard time protecting themselves now, so the little fish are left alone to fry!!

John Holiday
John Holiday
10 months ago

WOW! I thought that he had wriggled out of this charge. Could it be that Robert Abela is really trying to clean up Malta? We’ll soon find out as there is still time for the Police to make mistakes in the charge sheet so that Magro can be let off. Mistakes by the Police have resulted in many criminals going free. The most obscene case was the one against the Maksar brothers who walked off free because the Police did not get the cocaine analyzed!

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