Junior Minister for Reforms Rosianne Cutajar pocketed €46,500 in undeclared cash for brokering the sale of a luxurious Mdina home for Yorgen Fenech, the main suspect in the Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination.
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.
However, Fenech was arrested in November 2019 for the assassination, the deal fell through. The purchase was made after Fenech was revealed to be the owner of 17 Black, the Dubai company allegedly linked to major government corruption.
The property is owned by Green Eyes Ltd, which is run by Pierre Lofaro. However, the beneficial owner of the property is Joe Camilleri.
Lofaro has been chasing Cutajar to return the payment. Lofaro is the husband of Judge Abigail Lofaro, who forms part of the public inquiry linked to the assassination
Cutajar has not responded to specific questions. However, she provided a legal letter disputing the claims for a refund.
The fee does not appear on Cutajar’s declaration of assets forms.
Cutajar was appointed to Cabinet in January 2020 when Robert Abela was elected as Prime Minister.
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