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Malta Police announcement about Dalli case shows unprofessional work of OLAF. Ingeborg Grässle MEP


10 Jun 2013


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Following reports that police on Malta found no evidence to incriminate former EU Commissioner John Dalli, the Coordinator of the EPP Group in the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament, Inge Grässle MEP, said:
"The admission by the Maltese police amounts to a declaration of bankruptcy for the work of OLAF Director-General Giovanni Kessler, who personally led the investigation against John Dalli".
"It appears the EU's anti-fraud office OLAF has no criminal evidence against John Dalli".
"The alleged 'circumstantial evidence' gathered by OLAF Director-General Kessler against John Dalli is now laid bare as unfounded suspicion without legal substance".
"The announcement by the police on Malta is testimony of the unprofessional work of OLAF's Director-General, who disregarded internal standards for investigations and, according to the Supervisory Committee, was in breach of EU law".
"OLAF Director-General Kessler must now give detailed testimony to the European Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee about his dubious investigation methods and his obviously false statements on the Dalli case".


For further information:
Ingeborg Grässle  MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845868
Lasse Böhm, EPP Group Press and Communications Service, Tel: +32-484-656897



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