In a press statement the Government refers to the incorrect statements that are being made about the case of alleged money laundering presented in court on Monday, and wishes to clarify that:
1) Mr Aldo Cutajar joined the public service for the first time in 1989;
2) In 2004, when he was a Senior Principal within the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts, Mr Aldo Cutajar appeared before the courts on charges of misappropriation of funds, among others;
3) On 2 February 2005, Mr Aldo Cutajar admitted the charges in his regard and was given a two-year sentence, suspended for four years, with a perpetual interdiction;
4) On 22 April 2005, the Court of Magistrates decided to remove the perpetual interdiction which it itself had given on 2 February 2005;
5) The Public Service Commission investigated the case in accordance with the regulations of the public service and on 16 June 2005 recommended that the interdiction imposed in Mr Aldo Cutajar’s regard be removed as per the court’s declaration. The Commission stated that the person in question should lose their minimum wage throughout the suspension and be handed down a warning;
6) Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi agreed with this recommendation and signed it on 1 July 2005;
7) Subsequently, Mr Aldo Cutajar worked in a number of departments within various ministries;
8) This means that it is not true that Mr Aldo Cutajar was at any point fired from the government. As such, it is also not true that Mr Aldo Cutajar was “reinstated” with the government, less so that he was reinstated with the government after 2013;
9) On 17 August 2016, that is, 11 years after the Court of Magistrates had removed the perpetual interdiction, Mr Aldo Cutajar was sent by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, at which he worked at the time, to the Maltese embassy in Beijing. This took place after the respective ministry asked for and was given all the necessary clearances by the Security Services;
10) On 1 March 2018, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs dispatched Mr Aldo Cutajar to the Maltese Consulate in Shanghai. This post was terminated on 7 September 2019.
The Principal Permanent Secretary had no connection whatsoever with any abovementioned circumstance.
The government also refers to the statements by the Principal Permanent Secretary yesterday, wherein he declared that he had no links to his brother’s operations. The Head of the Civil Service also wrote to the Police Commissioner, expressing his willingness to provide access concerning every financial matter concerning him in the present and in the past. As the Head of the Civil Service, he also ordered that disciplinary steps against his brother be initiated, without his own involvement.
The government is convinced that the independent institutions will carry out their work in order for justice to be carried out against those who acted wrongly in this case, as with every other case.