Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms Rosianne Cutajar insists she acted in the correct manner “legally, ethically, and politically” when playing her part in brokering Yorgen Fenech’s attempted purchase of a €3.1 million Mdina home and pocketing €46,500 for it.
Cutajar published a social post soon after Malta Today and Times of Malta ran stories carrying the allegation denying that the property’s owner was chasing Cutajar to repay the €46,500 after the deal fell apart following Fenech’s arrest. She did not deny receiving the fee.
Cutajar also published a legal letter sent to the property’s owner, Joseph Camilleri, informing him that if he had any issues with the repayment it would have to be taken up third-parties. The letter was written by lawyer Edward Gatt, who is also representing Keith Schembri in the myriad of criminal investigations after the former Prime Minister’s chief of staff.
“I understand that, to date, there are no lawsuits or court proceedings on this alleged claim, as is usually the case when someone believes they have a right to something in a civil matter.”
A promise of sale had been signed in May 2019 at Portomaso and Fenech had paid a €300,000 cash deposit. She and her personal aide Charlie ‘it-Tikka’ Farrugia made €46,000 in brokerage fees.
Cutajar was serving an MP at the time and had not been appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms.
The property is owned by Green Eyes Ltd, which is run by Pierre Lofaro. However, the beneficial owner of the property is Joe Camilleri.
The fee does not appear on Cutajar’s declaration of assets forms.
PN Leader Bernard Grech has since called for Cutajar’s resignation.
Should Cutajar resign? Comment below