Reuters: “Dalli denied there had been anything inappropriate in his contact with lobbyists, saying he had met one in a hotel for 20 minutes in his swimming trunks, without knowing who he was.”

Published: July 7, 2014 at 10:16pm

And even more squirm-making: “In its investigation, the EU’s anti-fraud office OLAF said it had found “unambiguous and converging circumstantial pieces of evidence” that Dalli knew of the bribery attempt by Zammit, a part-time circus promoter and pizzeria owner who says he has known Dalli for 30 years.”

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11 Comments Comment

  1. ciccio says:

    What, can’t he even admit that it is wrong to for an EU Commissioner to meet industry lobbyists in swimming trunks?

    Why does everything have to be spelled out for him?

    • La Redoute says:

      He spent 20 minutes talking to someone he didn’t know, who surprised him in his trunks – apparently – while he was relaxing by his hotel pool. And he expects us to believe that. Exactly what was it he talked about if he didn’t know the man?

      • ciccio says:

        Swimming-trunks? For everybody’s sake I hope they were shorts.

      • Gakku says:

        Even if you were to believe him, that would be another nail in his coffin. How could an EU commissioner meet someone he didn’t know while on holiday, discuss about policy issues without having any sort of background information on this man?

    • curious says:

      Why does he talk to people he doesn’t know? If I remember correctly he had said the same of Gayle Kimberley – that he didn’t know her, despite the fact that her mother lived for years with Tony Cassar tal-Marsovin while Dalli was the director who represented Cassar’s interests on the Marsovin board.

  2. Tal-Malja says:

    Daphne, your email is [email protected] right?


    [Daphne – Yes.]

  3. Paddling Duck says:

    Charlie says, never speak to strangers.

  4. H.P. Baxxter says:

    I am Jack the Ripper, but I wear swimming trunks.

  5. Gahan says:

    Why would a briber meet the one to receive the bribe in swimming trunks?

    So that there would be no way for the conversation to be recorded or overheard.

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