John Dalli: ‘Kessler ran away from the police’

Published: March 23, 2015 at 1:23am

Joseph Muscat John Dalli

Times of Malta carried a statement today in which John Dalli lashes out at Giovanni Kessler, in retaliation for an interview he gave to The Sunday Times, published this morning.

Dalli accuses Kessler of running away from Malta to escape the police after Dalli demanded that they interrogate and charge him for perjury during his deposition in the trial of Silvio Zammit.

As though this were not cracked enough, Dalli gets the date of Kessler’s departure wrong, which further undermines his nutty thesis.

The language he uses is all over the place, careless to the point of confusion. He refers to “my press release to the Police Commissioner”, for example, when he means his press release about a letter he sent to the Police Commissioner.

He lists a series of points and numbers them, inexplicably, 1, 2, 3, 1, 1, 2, 3. The final three points, you will see below, are not points at all.

There is something very wrong with John Dalli, properly wrong, and if you think about it, this may well have been the case from the start. It’s just that most people never noticed even when the symptoms were beginning to manifest themselves publicly, such as when he used to appear regularly on the Labour Party’s television station, while he was a European Commissioner, to rant and rave against the prime minister and the Gonzi government and to say that the government should buy a power station manufactured by one of his clients.

This would have been headline news anywhere else, but Malta has devolved into some kind of giant freak show where it is OK for European Commissioners to accept invitations from political parties to appear on their TV station and rave against heads of government, to have clients, and to try to sell to governments power stations made by one of those clients.


Quoted from

Mr Dalli said Mr Kessler’s refusal to appear before the Privileges Committee after being refused permission by the European Commission was ‘an excuse’ as Mr Kessler was fleeing Malta after his protest to the Commissioner of Police was published.

“The evidence is a follows:

“1. My press release to the(Police) Commissioner asking him to take action against Kessler was carried in the papers around 16:15
2. Kessler boards a plane to Italy at 17:45
3. The Speaker receives the letter of his non-attendance at 18:17
1. The letter informing the speaker that Kessler “was not allowed to attend” was a repeat of what he had said in July of last year
1. An excuse that was quickly put together.
2. An excuse not based on facts – as stated by the Speaker
3. In other words – an excuse.”

(Mr Kessler actually left Malta on the day after he was due to appear before the parliamentary committee.)

6 Comments Comment

  1. Observer says:

    Could I say “mad – stark, raving, mad”?

    I would think that the sooner Dalli gets out of sight and out of our collective memory, the better it will be for him.

    The ‘prison term’ in Brussels seems to be the ugliest and most insidious period of Dalli’s political career.

    Unfortunately this period has eclipsed the good work he did as Finance Minister in Dr Fenech Adami’s cabinet.

    I would say let us remember the poor man for that – and let him stop, once and for all, with his moaning and whining about the perceived ‘injustices’ dealt him at OLAF’s hand.

    • Liberal says:

      No thanks. Let us instead remember him as a scumbag who is not serving time only because he made a deal with a corrupt prime minister.

  2. Jon jon says:

    So John Dalli has now replied to Kessler’s rhetorical question asking why he attacks everyone except Silvio Zammit, who sullied his sparkling reputation.

    And in his answer Dalli actually reinforces Kessler’s point, as he attacks everyone except for Zammit.

    He wanted to intervene in the case, he tells us, not to make sure Zammit gets what’s coming to him, but to question Kessler, Rizzo and others.

    The Qormi bumpkin thinks he’s very intelligent and crafty but ends up making an even bigger fool of himself with discerning readers.

    “As to why he had not opted to be a civil party in the Silvio Zammit case, Mr Dalli said he had asked his lawyer many times for a chance to be involved in the judicial proceedings but his advice always was that the court would never accept it. “I would have had the opportunity to question Rizzo, Kessler and the Swedish Match/ESTOC employees who are afraid to take the stand in Malta,2 Mr Dalli said.”

  3. canon says:

    We know who is running away from justice with a little bit of help from the Maltese government.

  4. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    It’s my nutter antennae.

  5. La Redoute says:

    Yes. The certificates were issued by Michael Scholten whi is based in Mettlach, Germany, and is affiliated with His Place, an outfit run by Wayne and Irene Negrini, associates of Dalli’s client, Mary Swann/ Nina Petros/ Eloisa Chihan/Maling Wan Suzara/etc.

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