Siemens urged to rescind contract with Electrogas

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Caruana Galizia family has asked Siemens, one of the partners in the Electrogas consortium, to declare the extent of its knowledge of the “Electrogas money laundering and kickback scheme”. Writing on World Press Freedom Day, the family wrote to the German firm’s CEO asking to have the contract rescinded.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated on 16 October 2017. One of the business partners in the Electrogas consortium, Yorgen Fenech, stands charged with complicity in her murder. The consortium is made up of Siemens, Azerbaijan’s state-owned Socar, Gasan, Tumas and Paul Apap Bologna.

“Daphne uncovered a kickback scheme, surrounding the role of Siemens and SOCAR in Electrogas, that connects Fenech to public officials in Malta and Azerbaijan. As she set about exposing these links, Fenech set in motion the plot to assassinate her. We ask you and your colleagues to unlock the doors to justice for her death and to the crimes she expose,” the letter reads.

The family has asked Siemens to take the contracts Electrogas has signed to arbitration, or sue them to have them rescinded. ‘Until then, the people of Malta will be unable to re-negotiate a fair and legitimate deal.’

The German firm was reminded of its public and legally binding commitments, as part of a settlement for criminal action in the United States, to change its role from a negative to a positive one in the fight against corruption. The family noted that Siemens was failing in those commitments.