September 29, 2022

Labor denies being a political party linked to Malta transport corruption case

The Malta Labor Party has denied being the political party linked to a corruption case involving driving theory tests at Transport Malta.

In a statement, the PL said no charges had been brought against any current party official. Note that Philip Edrick Zammit, the local elected official charged in the case, left the Labor Party only a month ago.

The current case is related to the granting of a racket to give preferential treatment during driving tests to candidates selected by a political party and a minister.

These are mostly foreigners who are not fluent in Maltese or English. A translator assigned to them gave them the correct answers when they took their test.

The investigation dates back to 2020. The payments were allegedly made in cash and a diary from Mansueto contains several names, identification numbers and dates of related driving tests.

Meanwhile, some claim that corruption within state authority goes far beyond theoretical tests.

Mansueto, Raul Antonio Pace and Zammit were indicted by the court for the corruption case. All three have since been suspended from authority.

Mansueto allegedly claimed during his interrogation that he had been “pressured” to meet someone while “working in a villa belonging to a government minister”.

His discussions reportedly revealed ties to a political party that told them which candidates had to pass their test.

Neither the political party nor the minister were named in court.

Most, if not all, of the cabinet ministers have denied being part of the plot. However, sources insist that some ministers who have issued denials are heavily involved in the case.

It looks like at least someone is lying about their role in the case and the public will be waiting for their names to come out in court or for the Prime Minister of Malta to decide to act.

What do you think of the case?