Cassola demands action from standards commissioner over prime minister’s missing €180,000

Independent MEP candidate Arnold Cassola has demanded answers from the Commissioner for Standards of Public Life and Prime Minister Robert Abela over the unexplained discrepancy in his personal finances and spending following the publication of his 2022 asset declarations.

Cassola sent a request to the commissioner noting that while in 2022, Abela bought land in Xewkija for €180,000, this is not reflected in the asset declaration. He continues that instead of the prime minister’s assets declining by that amount, they actually increased slightly, with no extra income declared.

“Since the prime minister does not have the gifts of the magician Houdini, it would be wise for Dr Abela to clearly explain to the Maltese taxpayer the origin of this unexplained wealth,” Cassola said in his letter.

In 2021, Abela reported some €375,000 deposited in local banks, rising by €12,000 a year later and a further €20,000 in new government stocks.

The asset declarations show no income other than the prime minister’s salary of around €65,000.

The contract for the land purchase states the purchase was made without a loan, leading to questions about where the funds came from.

Questions to Abela on the source of funds, why the purchase was not included in his asset declaration, and whether he paid for the land in cash were not answered.

Instead, Abela said, “The declaration of assets referred to is complete and correct,” declining to provide further details.

The parcel of land sits adjacent to a farmhouse owned by the Abelas, which just received the go-ahead to be turned into a boutique hotel. The couple also purchased another slice of property worth €135,000 in January 2023.

The declaration of assets for that year is yet to be tabled in parliament.

                           

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Me Myself
Me Myself
16 days ago

Tghid x’se jivvinta s-sur Kummissarju did-darba biex jehilsu minnha dil-bicca lill-Bobby?

simon oosterman
simon oosterman
16 days ago

Cassola is one of our very valuable ‘assets’.

Charles Vassallo
Charles Vassallo
16 days ago

Unfortunately he is all alone…

A V
A V
16 days ago

He is very lucky to be able to obtain land at those prices!

viv
viv
16 days ago

This is one garbage-clearing exercise Cassola may need some assistance with.

Charles Vassallo
Charles Vassallo
16 days ago

Where on earth is Bernie & Co ?!

This gentleman Cassola is going it All alone, while our main opposition party seem to be hit for six! They don’t even know where to start! Jesus wept…

Last edited 16 days ago by Charles Vassallo
Charles Vassallo
Charles Vassallo
16 days ago

Mr Cassola you have my vote and to hell with the rest.

viv
viv
16 days ago

Answering questions from Mark Lawrence Zammit the PM looked extremely uncomfortable.

Steve
Steve
16 days ago

A report should have been filed with the tax authorities and the fiau and police

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