SOHO PROSTITUTION RACKET: Bajada, Delia and takings laundered through Delia’s Jersey bank account

Published: August 26, 2017 at 4:48pm

You’ll be able to read all about it, with information and details, later this evening or tomorrow, depending on time constraints. But apparently Adrian Delia is to hold a press conference round about now – subject: is-saħħara tal-Bidnija li ħakmet il-partit – so I had better report the basic information up ahead in case journalists other than myself would like to ask him questions about it.

The man on whose behalf the London solicitors’ letter was written to Adrian Delia in December 2003, whose name I cut out of the original upload, is Emanuel Bajada. You can read the full letter, with the name intact in the subject heading and the letter reference, here: solicitor’s letter to Adrian Delia

Meanwhile, for background read this report and also this one on the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit portal. Read also here and here. Take note of the fact that Chris Cardona, then a member of the Opposition, was defence counsel.

Emanuel (known as Lolly) Bajada did not own the London flats from which the prostitution racket operated. He worked for his brother, who is the real owner of the flats with his ownership concealed by two companies registered in one of the world’s most secretive jurisdictions, the Marshall Islands.

Emanuel Bajada’s job was to collect the prostitutes’ takings (“rent”) from the flats owned by his brother and deposit those takings into a bank account in Adrian Delia’s personal name, at Barclays International in Jersey. Adrian Delia was then supposed to pay the money on – a process which in money-laundering is known as ‘layering’ – to bank accounts linked to the companies incorporated in the Marshall Islands.

Sometimes, the money was transferred to Malta as cash in bags on ordinary scheduled flights. At other times, it was taken in cash to the home of Emanuel Bajada’s brother in Paddington, London. But the vast majority of it – around £1 million over four years until the point where that letter was written – was deposited in Adrian Delia’s bank account in Jersey.

The name of Emanuel Bajada’s brother? Eucharist Bajada, who lives in Paddington, London. Eucharist Bajada and Adrian Delia are involved in a company together called Patience Developments Ltd, which is incorporated in Malta. Adrian Delia owns a token one share, Eucharist Bajada owns 1,000 in his personal name, and Vicarist Ltd, a company owned by Eucharist Bajada, his daughter Victoria Bajada (former married name, Dimech Debono) and his son, also called Eucharist but known as Kris, owns another 1,000. Eucharist Bajada and his wife Maria are the directors of this company and its legal and judicial representatives.

Eucharist Bajada’s son is married to but separated at law from Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil’s sister, Diana. The marriage broke down in very difficult circumstances and the relationship between the two is one of hostility.

Dr Busuttil was not aware of the brothels or the prostitution racket, and had no idea that Eucharist Bajada and Emanuel Bajada are brothers. He discovered all this when this website rang him for comment. He had no comment to make except to express his shock and distress, saying that this helped him understand the extent and nature of his sister’s suffering. This website did not speak to his sister, who has now taken her former name of Diana Busuttil.

There will be more about this story, so stay tuned – including Eucharist Bajada and the infamous Soho gangsters from whom he bought the portfolio of London flats from which the prostitution racket operated. Some of the flats have since been sold off, but the racket continues to operate out of the flats on Greek Street and Bateman Street in Soho.




23 Comments Comment

  1. Marija il-maltija says:

    X’cuc kienet “La Piovra”.

  2. I haven’t gone to press conferences for many years, Mr Borg. Something changed over the years and now only very young journalists go to press conferences. It wasn’t like that way back when – senior editors used to go, if the occasion demanded it. If I went along today, I would stick out like a sore thumb among people my children’s age. It would be awkward.

  3. Well, that’s what Delia’s supporters are hoping for, isn’t it – li l-Partit Nazzjonalista jigi ezatt bhal Labour. Tal-biki, x’injoranza ta’ nies.

  4. Chris says:

    https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/simgad/5135853915839247055

    this is the image address for the Delia advert on your page.Hope it helps.

  5. Cyrill Sammut (Sliema) says:

    The unexpected and undesired scenario, where a sizeable portion of the PN’s ‘delegati’ have horded behind this candidate, will find a rational sociological explanation for such by means of a better defined term in the German language, ‘Zweckrationalität’, which broadly translates into: instrumentally rational (zweckrational), that is, determined by expectations as to the behavior of objects in the environment of other human beings; these expectations are used as “conditions” or “means” for the attainment of the actor’s own rationally pursued and calculated ends. (Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrumental_and_value-rational_action)

    In very simple terms, the seemingly inexplicable following this particular candidate has garnered, especially in the light of the recent scandalous revelations by this website, can be explained quite simply by considereing the two consecutive monumentous defeats by the the opposing party, where the weakest of the core followers of the party in question, in their dismay and even disbelief that their own party is in the doldrums, find a seemingly viable escape valve from their own disappointment and one to placate their ego even.

    Such individuals, rather than put themselves through an examination of conscience in order to create a fresh movement for real change, follow on an offered shortcut as this is less painful than accepting that one may have been wrong or willingly blind in previous instances.

    One may look at similar instances of controversy for some form of comparison, such at the Israeli-Palestinan conflict, where Hamas, an established fundamentalist and terrorist organisation won the Parliamentary Elections in occupied Palestinian territory in 2006 with disastrous consequences to the same Palestians.

    This local phenomenon can be further explained in the light of the dismay that ordinary Palestinians felt with the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004 and the subsequent ineffectiveness of the Fatah movement and the ill-preparedness of Mahmoud Abbas, Yasser’s successor during the following two years.

    From such a standpoint, what this candidate has done through his candidacy is seperate the proverbial ‘wheat from the chaff’ within the party.

    That fundamental change within the party is existencially required has now become glaringly obvious, both in terms of breadth and width.

    That the candidate’s attempt at capitalising on the inherent party’s weaknesses has occurred serves only to underline the pressing need for change, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

    If it wasn’t this particular candidate who exploited such fertile ground, another individual would have probably ventured in his stead.

    Without any value considerations, such candidate has thankfully served as an eye-opener about the status quo within the party and has unwittingly become an effective catalyst for the needed changes, if they are to be internalised and acted upon.

  6. He did not know that the two are brothers.

  7. Unhealthy situation says:

    For the sake of all those who believe facts about Dr. Delia’s shady past, for those who don’t believe them, and for the doubting Thomases, shouldn’t the leadership core of the PN or the Executive Council, at this stage, take the bull by the horns and make a
    statement about this situation? before more harm is done?

    This for the sake of the Nationalist Party which is being split right down the middle and facing a very bleak future of an irretrievable breakdown, eventually landing Malta with a Labour Party with no opposition at all.

  8. elektra says:

    I realise that my comment is not related to the article but I feel it is relevant to the present situation in Maltese politics.

    I would like to know who in the Nationalist Party had the bright idea to announce the new Leader of the Opposition during the Independence celebrations. Surely it should have occurred to someone that by doing this they would create polarisation. After all this IS Malta.

    But then most of the problems the Nationalist Party is facing come as a result of not reading the electorate correctly.

  9. RF says:

    Dr DeLiar looks like he was handpicked by Labour leader Dr Muscat to use for his usual inane tu quoque retorts to the Opposition’s hard questions.

    “You accuse me of having an undeclared offshore bank account? What about your account in Jersey?”

    “You accuse my chief of staff of money laundering? What about your million sterling at HSBC Jersey?”

    “You accuse my close colleague of intimate relationship with foreign sex workers? What about your account balance made up of proceeds of prostitution in London?”

  10. Chris says:

    It’s unbelievable how Simon Busuttil who was so vociferous about the Panama Papers, is so silent in front of these allegations. If he means seriousness and consistency he should suspend the PN leadership election process. We just cannot afford that the future PN leader be doubted for his integrity. It would mean a greater loss at the elections.

  11. Franġiska says:

    Hekk nahseb jien.

  12. Franġiska says:

    Ezatt. Kultant lili jkun hemm min kien jghidli kemm jien fidila! Ghax ma nahsibx li certu affarijiet isiru minn certu nies. Imma n-nies jghallmuk… u kif.

  13. Oh, I remember you: the one who doesn’t think rationally. “I will vote for the party that is corrupt and menacing because the other one is inefficient and inept.”

    It’s a value choice that you have made, and you don’t even understand it for what it is. Now you want Simon Busuttil to stay on even though you preferred to vote for an immensely corrupt man – Muscat – rather than him.

  14. Cato says:

    Adrian Delia said today that money to buy the Soho property came from the Bank of Valletta. The fact that the Bank of Valletta lent money for the purchase of a notorious prostitution den is troubling and should be investigated.

  15. Galeforce says:

    This is starting to sound like the plot in a Jackie Collins Santangelo saga sleazy trashy story. If DeLiar gets elected, I swear that I will never bother to vote in a general election.

  16. Are they really saying that? My goodness, what ignorance. This means that people are even unable to rationalise information. If your name is on the bank account, then it’s yours, the bank knows only you and you are 100% responsible at law, as the holder of the account and the owner of what’s in it.

  17. Nowadays, they just have specs.

  18. Antoine Vella says:

    Dear FlowtinVowter, “no-brainer” fits you very well.

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