Don’t just blame Yorgen Fenech

Many had suspected for a very long time that the Electrogas deal smelled of corruption. There were too many coincidences. There were too many instances when the government went out of its way to cover the backside of the ‘investors’ at the expense of the interests of common citizens. Only the intellectually challenged would not have immediately suspected that this possibly was an instance of ħokkli dari u nħokklok tiegħek. Evidence that is being given during Public Inquiry gives credence to our suspicions.

Then it was revealed that Tumas Group supremo and Electrogas shareholder, Yorgen Fenech, was the owner of 17 Black. According to the accountants of disgraced former Minister Konrad Mizzi and mega-disgraced former Chief of Staff, Keith Schembri both of them were to receive thousands of euros a day from Yorgen Fenech. One does not have to be the brightest star in the universe to draw the logical conclusion that could be drawn from that statement. This notwithstanding the frequent statements by Schembri and Mizzi that they had never received one euro cent from 17 Black.

Murdered because of Electrogas?

Things were bad but what follows is much worse.

Many suspected another thing for a very long time: Daphne was killed because of what she knew about Electrogas. She was investigating an enormous cache of emails by and to Electrogas and was going to publish more unsavoury stories about the gas-fired power station. Matthew Caruana Galizia, the assassinated journalist’s son, in a recent post on Facebook, hammered this in the most dramatic and credible way.

Was it an exageration to say that that Electrogas was not only the mother of all corruption but also the suspected father of a murder?

The Monday sitting of the compilation of evidence in the case against Yorgen Fenech accused of being the mastermind of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia was a shocking revelation. Inspector Zahra, one of the investigators, said that the police believe that Caruana Galizia was killed because of what she probably was going to publish on Electrogas based on the 600K emails she had received.

Read again please: one of the hypotheses of the investigators is that the assassination of Caruana Galizia could be intimately tied to Electrogas.

One can be dismissive and say that one should let justice take its course. Those who would be found guilty including Yorgen Fenech – if that were to be the case – would pay. End of story, they say.

I beg to differ.

Shareholders try to redeem yourselves

Who is presently benefitting from the Electrogas deal?

The answer is simple: the shareholders who include Tumas Group, Gasan Group and C.P. Holdings. I don’t want to imply that the owners of these organisation were part of all this mayhem but two considerations are relevant:

Are we to believe that Malta’s sharpest business men did not notice the ‘strange’ things that we were noticing and due to which many smelled a whole colony of rats?

Let us graciously grant that they sensed no foul smell.  Now that what really happened is so clear do they feel that they could keep on benefitting and profiting from this project which was designed for their profit and our loss?

Can they just blame Yorgen and leave it at that?

While on the subject of not-blaming-just-Yorgen allow me another example: the Imrieħel Towers.

Imrieħel was not designated for the building of mega-towers. Indeed, the PA also had a policy to safeguard areas of high landscape value. The mega-towers effectively destroyed such an area: the views across the fields to Mdina. Times of Malta revealed that one fine morning Yorgen Fenech visited Castille for a meeting with the Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Planning Authority. Lo and behold: the policy was changed on the same day. Tumas Group and Gasan Group were given their towers which they will milk for profit at our expense who were robbed of our views.

Who is benefitting from the towers? Bingo. You guessed it. The Tumas Group and the Gasan Group.

What concrete and credible action will the Tumas Group, the Gasan Group and C.P. Holding do to distance themselves from these ‘shady’ projects to prove to us that Yorgen’s values are not their values?