The Malta Independent 12 May 2021, Wednesday

PM ‘establishing the facts’ on direct orders given to Ian Borg advisor’s daughter

Monday, 19 April 2021, 19:42 Last update: about 22 days ago

Prime Minister Robert Abela said he still needs to “establish the facts” surrounding a lucrative contract given to the daughter of one of infrastructure minister Ian Borg’s advisors.

Times of Malta reported on Monday that Adreana Zammit had been awarded a €62,400 contract by the Transport Ministry through a direct order in October 2019, three months before receiving her warrant. 

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She was also given another €46,142 direct order in August 2020 for a six-month legal consultation agreement, earning her €108,542 in total.

Adreana Zammit is the daughter of Jesmond Zammit, Ian Borg's top adviser within his ministry.

Speaking to MaltaToday outside Parliament, Abela said he will not shy away from taking any decisions over the awarding of the contract. He said, however, that he is still establishing the facts of the case.

Abela said he had only learnt about the case on Monday, from the media report.

“Any decision that needs to be taken, as I have always done in the last months, will be taken,” he told the reporter.

Abela added that Zammit had already graduated when she was employed at the ministry. The warrant was only needed to practice in court, he said.

Ian Borg did not answer questions.

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