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No evidence of information leak from NAO report on Gaffarena deal - Speaker Anglu Farrugia

Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 18:12 Last update: about 3 years ago

Speaker of the House Anglu Farrugia said this evening there was no unauthorized information leakage from the National Audit Office or his own office on a yet unpublished NAO report on the part-expropriation of property belonging to Marco Gaffarena.

Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon yesterday asked the Speaker to investigate how the conclusions of the report, and the date on which it would be tabled in Parliament, were leaked to the Times.

In a report published on Saturday, the Times said the report would be published tomorrow. It also said that, according to leaked information, the investigation has concluded that the deal breached expropriation rules, thus empowering the government to nullify the deal. It said the result could prompt the government to carry out a cabinet reshuffle.

Delivering his ruling this evening, Dr Farrugia said he met the Auditor General this morning, who said he had found no evidence of a leak of both the date and contents of the report. There was also no evidence that some journalist had approached him or any of his staff. The Speaker said he had also not found any evidence of a leak or that the information was obtained from the NAO report. Dr Farrugia said he had not yet received the report when the newspaper article was published. 

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