PN says it was proved right as former Sliema Mayor is sentenced to jail

Former Sliema Mayor Nikki Dimech has been sentenced to a year in jail after being found guilty of bribery.

He was found not guilty of threatening Police Inspector Angelo Gafa'.

Sentence was handed down by Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit.

Mr Dimech was arraigned after the council's former contracts manager, Stephen Buhagiar, claimed he was asked by Mr Dimech to pay a commission on his salary when he was granted his employment contract by the council.

Drs Joe Giglio and Stephen Tonna Lowell were defence counsel.


In a statement, the Nationalist Party said the sentence handed down against Mr Dimech showed how right it had been to dismiss Mr Dimech as soon as he was placed under investigation by the police.

The PN recalled that as soon as it dismissed Mr Dimech, the Labour Party gave him refuge in its media and Mr Dimech went so far as to thank Joseph Muscat for the opportunity he was giving him to make himself heard.

For months, the PN said, it was attacked by Labour for having dismissed Mr Dimech.

Now time had proved how the PN was right and that it had acted with seriousness.

Time had also shown how the PL was populist and used everything that it could because the ‘end justifies the means’.

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