Hillman, Sladden, Vassallo identified as ‘brothers’ in Maltese freemasonry lodge

“We are appalled” – Lodge Grand Master

 

Aqra bil-Malti.

Three individuals were identified as Freemasons and members of one of the main masonic lodges in Malta in the hospitals’ magisterial inquiry investigating the theft of millions of public funds.

The inquiry notes that the former Times of Malta managing director Adrian Hillman, his business partner, contractor Pierre Sladden, and Technoline owner Ivan Vassallo were all ‘brothers’ in a secret masonic lodge.

The inquiry also identified lawyer Larry Formosa of Gozitan Cosrya Legal as another Freemason. Formosa assisted Technoline’s Ivan Vassallo in transferring his company’s shares onto Hillman and Sladden, nominees for Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi, the inquiry found.

According to the inquiry, Vassallo occupied a prominent role in the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta and acted as its Secretary General.

Research by The Shift confirmed the trio’s membership in Malta’s oldest Freemasons society, based in Valletta’s Marsamxett. It is unclear whether Hillman, Sladden, or Vassallo are still members.

When The Shift contacted Simon Cusens, the Grand Master of the masonic lodge, he could not confirm whether Hillman, Sladden, and Vassallo had been expelled.

“As you know, one of our main principles is secrecy, and we cannot share this information with non-members,” he told The Shift.

“What I can tell you is that when I took over as Grand Master in 2019, something which I take very seriously, Ivan Vassallo did not occupy any senior role in our masonic lodge,” Cusens insisted.

Freemasons ‘appalled’ at inquiry conclusions

At the same time, Cusens, whose family was the original owner of Technoline before it was sold to Vassallo and his hidden partners for €5 million, made it clear that he was appalled at what he read in the inquiry and what has been revealed so far.

“As a society, we had nothing to do with what has happened. It’s disgusting,” he told The Shift. Cusens also referred to his name mentioned in the inquiry as the original owner of Technoline.

“Ivan Vassallo was my employee at the time of the sale, and I knew he did not have the means to buy Technoline. However, during negotiations, he never let slip who his real financiers were,” Cusens insisted.

“What I can say is that my family business’s sale to Gateway Ltd was concluded after due diligence, and at that time, nothing of what we now know had emerged,” he said.

“I had also consulted a serious lawyer to make sure that all was above board, and I have all documents to prove this,” Cusens added.

Technoline was bought by Vassallo’s Gateway in 2017 and passed onto Vitals Global Healthcare through a series of companies used as fronts for money laundering.

While on paper, Ivan Vassallo appeared as the owner of Technoline, Sladden and Hillman were inserted as shareholders in other companies, including Gateway Solutions, to be able to buy Technoline.

The money – €5 million to buy the medical supplies company – came directly from the hospitals’ concession, as Vitals Global Healthcare had no funds until it started receiving millions from the government. The Shift revealed this in January 2019.

Just after Technoline’s takeover was finalised, Vitals Global Healthcare issued an exclusive contract for the procurement of medical equipment for the hospitals’ concession, thus guaranteeing millions would be funnelled through this arrangement.

Hillman and Sladden were the secret business partners of Keith Schembri, heavily involved in the hospitals’ heist.

                           

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James
James
20 days ago

Another day and another revelation unearthed by the unstinting efforts of the SHIFT team that will surprise nobody at the webs woven by the friends of friends.

When will the Attorney General and Commissioner Gafa get around to asking the US State Department to share with the court its “ credible information” of the “ significant corruption” they hold on Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri which caused them to issue this press release on December 22 2021?

https://www.state.gov/public-designation-of-former-maltese-public-officials-konrad-mizzi-and-keith-schembri-due-to-involvement-in-significant-corruption/

Jordan
18 days ago
Reply to  James

Hi all my name is Jordan Durante and the Freemasons in my view certainly benefitted from my grandfathers financially motivated murder.
Mr James William Durrant murder was covered up by the police.
Please check my work out at http://www.familytrustcrimes.com
Thanks all
Jordan Durante

Noel Ciantar
Noel Ciantar
20 days ago

Which is why I believe that we need to know more why the OSCE Chair in Office Ian Borg engaged Redmap Projects Limited as the contractor for his matrimonial home while two investigations into his permit were still ongoing by two separate institutions.

And perhaps there is more than meets the eye as to why certain articles attacking me were produced on the newspaper where Hillman used to work in the period 2008-2016.

NGT
NGT
19 days ago

Jaqq! The whole lot of them, il-vera jaqq.

chris
chris
19 days ago

“I had also consulted a serious lawyer to make sure that all was above board, and I have all documents to prove this,” Cusens added.
Says a lot about lawyers 🙂

NGT
NGT
19 days ago
Reply to  chris

Depends – was he a member of this same sect/cult/lodge?

Mango
Mango
19 days ago

The sad story is that when Keith Schembri was in power, he expelled much good officers from the public service, in vindication as they never bowed to accept his tenders and due to his egoism the good people has suffered and are still suffering. The Present PM should meet these persons and apologize to them and attend to their greviences.

Carmel Sammut
Carmel Sammut
19 days ago

Does Keith Schembri have anything to do with Convenience Shop???

jingo
jingo
19 days ago

Only them three?

Robert pace bonello
Robert pace bonello
19 days ago

Didn’t MUSCAT once blame the MAZUNI. He must have known something about the free masons then

Josette Portelli
Josette Portelli
18 days ago

Oh my!! The more I read, the more I get headaches!! What a huge cobweb!!

Joseph
Joseph
13 days ago

Let me see if I get this right…. One fine day, one of your employees turns up with 5 Million bucks, a load of paperwork, and offers to buy your company. He doesn’t tell you where he got the money from.

You eyes tumble like slot machines…

And you don’t smell anything?

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