Justice Minister Owen Bonnici today accused Opposition leader Simon Busuttil of being personally involved in a scheme to breach party financing laws.

Addressing a press conference, Dr Bonnici said that while the PN supported the party financing law in public, it worked in the background to set up a cedoli scheme as well as issue illegal and false receipts to businessmen.

Dr Busuttil has been under pressure since revelations last Sunday that the db Group donated money to cover the costs of PN salaries.

Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis said the issuing of fake invoices was diametrically opposite to the spirit of the party financing law.

He said it was not true that Simon Busuttil only got to know that Deputy leader Mario de Marco acted as a lawyer for the db Group.

Reports indicated that Dr Busutill had known about this for months if not years in advance, Dr Zammit Lewis said.

He again questioned whether the PN had similar arrangements with other businessmen. 

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