A warrant will be issued to bring Julian Hofstra, the Dutch national linked to alleged recordings of state witness Melvin Theuam and other cases, down to Malta to face questioning, Lovin Malta can reveal.
Sources said that Hofstra will be brought to Malta to face interrogation and court testimony. Hofstra could potentially even face criminal charges when he comes down to Malta, but this is yet to be confirmed.
Hofstra is currently an inmate in an Amsterdam prison on charges related to his involvement in an affiliate marketing email scam. He had initially come to Malta because he was on the run over these charges.
Hofstra was a resident at the Hilton Hotel, owned by Yorgen Fenech’s Tumas Group, where Theuma worked as a taxi driver. Sources have claimed that Hofstra eventually recorded several conversations with Theuma.
Lovin Malta has previously revealed how police and Yorgen Fenech’s lawyers are scrambling to get their hands on the new recordings where Theuma allegedly details the potential involvement of former OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri in the murder. There are also alleged references to Theuma’s fears that Fenech and Schembri were planning to kill him.
Meanwhile, Lovin Malta has also revealed that police are exploring Hofstra’s links to former EU Commissioner John Dalli and his former aide Silvio Zammit.
Well-informed sources have told Lovin Malta that Hofstra’s connections to Zammit and Dalli could relate to an investigation into an alleged €60 million bribe offer from a Swedish tobacco/Snus company linked to the two men.
Zammit allegedly met Hofstra by the end of 2015, at the Maltco offices in Sliema, when he was around 16-years-old. Sources claimed that Hofstra assisted in changing timestamps of email exchanges that took place between 2013 and 2015.
Zammit has confirmed that he did in fact know Hofstra but denies the claims.
Zammit has been facing criminal proceedings since 2012 over his alleged request for a bribe from snus manufacturer Swedish Match and the European Smokeless Tobacco Council, a lobby group, to help lift a ban on the chewable tobacco.
John Dalli was EU Health Commissioner at the time while Zammit was a close aide and canvasser. He was made to resign after OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Agency, said that he was aware that Zammit was name-dropping him in the illicit negotiations. Dalli has always denied wrongdoing – saying he never discussed money with Zammit.
Hopefully, the warrant will allow Hofstra to face open court over the major allegations.
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