Stephen Spiteri, the PN’s spokesperson for Health, has refused to answer questions sent over his position on the recently launched inquiry into Vitals Global Healthcare.
Lovin Malta has tried to phone, message, and email for the last three weeks but has received no response, despite the issue falling directly under his remit.
In July, a court ordered an inquiry into the controversial €2.1 billion granted to VGH after a request from activist group Repubblika.
The group has accused Finance Minister Edward Scicluna, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, and Economy Minister Chris Cardona of facilitating a “coordinated” “act of modern-day piracy”, “corruption and money laundering, among other crimes” which saw VGH’s investor leave a debt of €50 million.
The three will appeal the magistrate’s decision, insisting that the allegations were speculative and were made in bad faith by politically-motivated individuals.
Scicluna has even instituted a libel suit against former PN Leader Simon Busuttil over the issue.
Spiteri has remained surprisingly distant from the issue, despite Leader Adrian Delia even made the VGH a main concern when he ascended to the role in 2017 taking the affair to court to scrap the deal. However, beyond statements at the start of 2018, Spiteri has remained relatively quiet on the controversial subject.
Spiteri has courted controversy in the past after Lovin Malta revealed how he was issuing medical certificates for €5 each without seeing his patients first.
An inquiry by the Medical Council was launched soon after, with Spiteri facing expulsion from the medical register. While the first hearing was in October 2018, further sittings have been stalled, with a newly-elected Medical Council just taking shape.
These are the three questions sent to Spiteri:
– What is your position on Vitals given the magistrate’s decision to launch an inquiry against the three ministers?
– One of the Ministers has sued Simon Busuttil for libel over the issue, what is your position?
– You have not commented on the issue for a while; why is that?