Parliament should reconvene over Whistleblowers’ Act - Frank Portelli
Parliament should reconvene in urgency and enact the Whistleblowers’ Act in order to guarantee that the whole truth surrounding the oil procurement scandal comes to light according to former PN council president Frank Portelli.
Frank Portelli this morning wrote on his Facebook wall that following the enactment of this law a scramble among the suspects in the oil scandal will ensue with all suspects clamouring to be the first to benefit from the amnesty. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Franco Debono and Arnold Cassola have welcomed Frank Portelli’s proposal, however PN leader Lawrence Gozni held that with an election so close this can wait till a new government is elected. Nonetheless Dr Gonzi pledged that the enactment of the Whistleblowers' Act will take place within days of a newly elected PN government.
This will be solid proof that Malta means business and does not tolerate corruption, Mr Portelli said. Discussing the Enemalta Corruption Scandal, Mr Portelli explained that the Attorney General should ensure that the assets of all the suspects involved are ‘frozen’ as this would paralyze their activities, just like in money laundering cases.
This would help the country save millions of Euros, he said, continuing that the enactment of this law should not be difficult since both parties are in agreement. “ The money involved in corruption going on for 20 years translate to millions which can be recovered as this would be recuperate on the same terms as applied to money laundering cases. “I assure you that the next budget will show no deficit,” Mr Portelli held..
There is no honour amongst thieves, another FB post read, and since people are already spilling the beans on each other this will not be about who throws the first stone.
A whistle blower’s amnesty will under particular conditions free a single person but in return would catch all the rest. In today’s world, the corruption industry is bigger than the tourism industry and will guarantee that the next budget will declare a surplus of funds for the country.
The Enemalta Oil Procurement scandal is the main driving force behind the enactment of this law with Police still having a number of people to interview. Former Enemalta Chairman Tancred Tabone, Trafigura’s representative George Farrugia, petro chemist Frank Sammut and Minister Austin Gatt were amongst the high profile people the Police spoke to in connection with the case.