The Malta Independent 24 September 2021, Friday

Carmelo Abela ‘categorically denies any involvement’ in failed HSBC heist

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 16:31 Last update: about 7 months ago

Minister Carmelo Abela has ‘categorically’ denied any involvement in the failed 2010 bank heist of the HSBC headquarters.

When asked about the heist by Times of Malta on Wednesday, Abela questioned who the source of all this speculation about his alleged involvement in the bank heist was.

At the time of the heist, Abela was working as a manager at HSBC – a post he held up until 2014, when he retired in order to take up a position in cabinet.

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Recently, Vince Muscat stated an unnamed sitting minister was part of a ‘big job’. In addition, in a pardon request, Alfred Degiorgio said he is willing to name a former minister and also a sitting minister who were “masterminds” behind an attempted robbery. Both men did not give any names.

"If these allegations came from a court testimony it would be one thing, but if someone is throwing out names carelessly, that's a different thing altogether”, Abela said while defending himself while exiting parliament early Wednesday morning.

Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi had used his Parliamentary privilege to state that the people involved in the heist were handed false keys ahead of the heist, and that former Economy Minister Chris Cardona was arrested soon after the botched heist took place.

Abela himself has consistently denied being at any point involved in the heist. "I have categorically denied this the first time it was mentioned and will keep on denying that I had any involvement in the case," Abela said.

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