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Quotes of the week

“He was aware of this and did nothing to block, stop or report these events,”

EU anti-fraud agency head Giovanni Kessler insisting former Health Commissioner John Dalli was aware that someone close to him had been repeatedly trading in influence in dealings with a Swedish company that produces snus, a smokeless form of tobacco banned in all EU countries except Sweden.


“A systematic plan of entrapment.”

John Dalli on the events involving tobacco company Swedish Match that forced him to resign.


“Seriously baseless.”

Sliema businessman Silvio Zammit describes the allegations that he ask­ed Swedish Match for money in ex­change for influencing the Health Commissioner’s policies towards snus.


“It seemed correct at the time.”

Prime Minister when asked whether with hindsight it would have been better if John Dalli had not been appointed EU Commissioner.


“I still can’t believe what happened to me”.

The mother jailed for denying her ex-husband access to their son after being released from prison following a Presidential pardon.


“She goes to Xarabank and all is forgotten.”

The father expresses frustration that his son’s mother gained public sympathy and was released early from prison through a Presidential pardon.


“Aw ħi”.

Former bus driver Joseph Zammit, known as ‘The Rat’, addresses the Magistrate as he walks into court late wearing torn clothes.

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