Captain Morgan denies donating €108,000 to Labour

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Captain Morgan has denied giving a donation of €108,000 to the Labour Party in its latest fundraiser, in a year that saw government lease three of its vessels to serve as floating prisons for asylum seekers through a lucrative direct order.

In a statement issued through a PR firm, the company, which is owned by the Zammit Tabona family, said its donation amounted to just €3,000 – equivalent to the cost of one day’s lease of one of its vessels through the direct order. A scanned invoice, through which Labour acknowledges receipt of €3,000, was sent to the press.

The €108,000, the company said, was the donation made by Labour’s Naxxar committee, with funds collected from Naxxar residents and other donors.

“Those donors included Captain Morgan, but our donation of €3,000 — which was within the legal limit — constituted but a minuscule fraction of the total amount collected,” the company said, lamenting the “contorted interpretations made by politicians and other commentators.”

Earlier this week, former Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Arnold Cassola, citing the €108,000 figure, asked the Electoral Commission to look into the corrupt practice which saw a company make a donation to the party in government after the same government had secured it a lucrative contract.