Siemens delegation’s upcoming Malta visit raises questions

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A delegation from German multinational Siemens – a member of the Electrogas Consortium – is set to visit Malta in the coming days, Nationalist Party MP Jason Azzopardi has revealed.

The MP, who is also one of the lawyers of the Caruana Galizia family, has asked a parliamentary question on the visit, but since Parliament is in recess and the issue was of particular importance, felt the need to make his concerns public.

In his parliamentary question, asked separately to Prime Minister Robert Abela and Energy Minister Michael Farrugia, Azzopardi notes that a delegation of senior officials from Siemens is set to visit during the weekend, and that the CEO of Siemens Italia himself is set to arrive in Malta on Monday for a 2-day visit.

He has asked them to answer the following questions:

  • Which government officials – or representatives of public entities – have Siemens asked to meet?
  • When was the request for meetings made, and who made the request?
  • What is the exact purpose of these meetings?
  • Is it true that these meetings are tied to the declaration and crocodile tears of Gasan on Electrogas?
  • Does the government intend to cancel the corrupt and blood-stained Electrogas contract?
  • Are any Siemens officials under criminal investigation?
  • Have Siemens offered to meet with the police and provide them with information about corruption linked to the Electrogas deal?

As mentioned by the MP, Joe Gasan and Mark Gasan, on behalf of the Gasan Group, declared their intention to exit the Electrogas group as soon as possible. The declaration came shortly after the police held disgraced former PM Joseph Muscat’s right-hand man Keith Schembri, as well as Brian Tonna and Karl Cini from Nexia BT, for questioning.

Azzopardi had hinted that the Gasan family was tied to MacBridge, the secret Emirati company which – along with Yorgen Fenech’s 17 Black – was claimed as a source of funds for the offshore structures set up by Schembri and disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi in emails by Cini. But the Gasan Group has denied ownership.

Repubblika appeals to Siemens to reveal what they know

In a letter seemingly motivated by news of the delegation’s upcoming visit, Repubblika appealed to Siemens president and CEO Joe Käser to publicly declare the extent of its knowledge of money laundering and kickbacks involved in the Electrogas deal and for the company to do its part to rescind a deal “procured by corruption.”

The NGO highlighted that Siemens prided itself that “only clean business is Siemens business.” But through its involvement in the Electrogas deal, Siemens – intentionally or not – “has exacerbated Malta’s corrupt environment and created an unfair market by assisting the development of a private monopoly shaped by corruption.”

“Consequently, we ask Siemens for a commitment to truth and justice and to undo the corrupt deal that led to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder,” Repubblika’s letter concludes.