The Malta Independent 22 October 2020, Thursday

Civil service head distances himself from brother’s money laundering arraignment

Sunday, 16 August 2020, 14:14 Last update: about 3 months ago

The head of the civil service, Mario Cutajar, has distanced himself from his brother’s arraignment on money laundering charges.

Aldo Cutajar, Malta’s Consul in Shanghai, was arraigned on Sunday afternoon.

In a statement, the Principal Permanent Secretary said he is in no way involved and had no knowledge of hi brother’s operations.

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He said he has always acted responsibly in his professional conduct and his personal life.

“Naturally, I had nothing to do with this and was not consulted when my brother was given a role in Beijing and, later on, in Shanghai.”

Cutajar said that as soon as he was informed about his brother’s arrest he wrote to the Police Commissioner and told him that he was available to answer any questions. He has not yet been approached by the police, however. The PPS added that he had at no time interfered in the police process that led to the arraignment.

This is clear proof that the institutions work, he said.

He said he had also given instructions so that any necessary disciplinary proceedings by the Public Service Commission would start, without his involvement.

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