John Dalli has demanded an apology from NGO Repubblika for associating him with corruption during a protest outside the police headquarters on Tuesday.
Dalli’s face was one of numerous to be placarded onto the gates of the police headquarters on Tuesday, as Repubblika called for the police to take action against those with corruption allegations against them.
“A small group of exalted puppets who do not represent anyone but act as if they are running this country have decided to associate me with corruption, as their leaders have been doing for the past 35 years”, Dalli, a former PN minister and later Joseph Muscat advisor, said in a statement late on Tuesday night.
He questioned whether they were referring to the “numerous calumnies invented” by journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, whom he described as a “perverse criminal” or whether they were referring to “fraud” by the former head of the EU anti-fraud agency OLAF.
Dalli suggested that Caruana Galizia was given “impunity” by the Labour government when he took action against her for harassment, and that she had invented stories linking him to Egrant, 17 Black, and the privatisation of hospitals.
“They prevented the police from proceeding with an investigation which the police had started”, Dalli said of the Labour government.
Dalli suggested that Repubblika may have confused him “with someone who stole millions in the oil scandal, or who acted as a “nominee” to register in Malta companies for the Mafia or for a PPP from Africa, or who illegally changed the conditions of land contracts.”
He said that he expects these “nonentities who are boosted by the corrupt media in Malta” to substantiate their allegations or make an apology.