I was not involved in Vitals MOU says Keith Schembri

FILE PHOTO: Keith Schembri, Chief of Staff in the office of Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, arrives for a joint news conference between Muscat and President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Valletta, Malta, March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Keith Schembri, former Chief of Staff for PM Joseph Muscat has denied all involvement in the drafting and execution of the MOU regarding the Vitals hospital concession.

In an affidavit, a sworn statement, Schembri laid the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of former Malta Enterprise CEO Mario Galea. He also took a swipe at the NAO for delivering to him a written request for comments three days beyond the deadline the office stipulated

“I declare that I did not negotiate this MOU, I did not write it, I did not sign it and I had no involvement in it” wrote Schembri, complaining that he had become a convenient target for whoever wanted to criticize the Muscat administration. He said that he denied in the most ‘absolute’ terms that he was the ‘hidden hand’ in this deal, affirming that he did not even know how the saga had developed other than what transpired occasionally during meetings. 

Schembri, who defined his involvement as having been restricted to finding a room in the OPM where the MOU could be signed, said that the signatory for the government was the responsible minster, Chris Cardona, who he said, was, to his recollection, not involved in the dealing.

You can find the affidavit here: