Id-db kienu qed iħallsu s-salarji ta' Rosette Thake u Brian St John

Jgħidu li kull allegazzjoni ta' korruzzjoni mill-Partit Nazzjonalista hi gidba sfaċċata u sal-bieraħ, il-PN talabhom għall-fondi

Il-grupp ta' lukandi db ħarġu stqarrija fejn ammettew li vera bagħtu SMS lil Simon Busuttil u talbu laqgħa miegħu biex jingħataw flushom lura u stqarrew ukoll li huma kienu qed iħallsu s-salarji ta' diversi ħaddiema tal-Partit Nazzjonalista sew qabel kien hemm Busuttil bħala Kap u anke wara li sar Kap.

db qalu li bħalissa kienu qed iħallsu s-salarji tas-segretarju ġenerali tal-PN, Rosette Thake u tas-CEO tal-Media tal-partit Brian St John. Qalu wkoll li dawn il-fondi ġew mitluba mingħand il-Partit Nazzjonalista u mhux il-kumpanija talbet xi ħaġa mill-partit u tathom il-flus għalihom. Qalu wkoll li sal-bieraħ stess il-Partit Nazzjonalista talabhom għall-fondi. Intant, Glenn Bedingfield, fil-blogg tiegħu qed jallega li l-kumpanija db tat lill-PN madwar €1 miljun ewro.

L-istqarrija taqra hekk:

Further to the statement issued by the Leader of the Opposition on Net TV this evening, the db Group declares the following:
1. We confirm sending a text message to Dr Busuttil earlier this afternoon after what he stated in regards to our Group. Our text verbatim read as follows:
Dottor Busuttil qeghdin nitolbu meeting urgent mieghek halli il-partit irodd lura dak kollu li l-grupp taghna gie mitlub ihallas matul iz-zmien

2. We were specifically asked to cover the monthly salaries of various PN Party personnel. This happened both pre-Simon Busuttil’s coming to leader and after. More specifically since the latter became leader we were asked to cover the salaries of both the Secretary General and the Party’s CEO. Dr Simon Busuttil is fully abreast of both the request for these funds as well as their acceptance. Requests for funds from the PN have reached us as late as yesterday.
3. We have never, ever, asked for any favours from the PN either when in Government or not. I re-iterate that the funds were always requested by the PN and not donated by us.
4. The db Group (formerly Seabank Group) welcomes the suggestion of the Opposition leader to have the contract it signed with government over the ITS site in St George's Bay, St Julians scrutinized by the Auditor General. No one in this country is more eager for the truth to win out on this matter than our Group.
The reason is obvious to those who have the decency to hear. For the first time in history, the price of the public land in question was not determined by the parties to the deal but by Deloitte, an auditing firm of international repute. And we, as a Group, abided by its decision.
5. There can be no stronger proof that we never expected any favour and never received any. It is precisely for this reason that any allegation of corruption from the PN is simply a hurtful lie.
Arthur Gauci

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