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SAVIOUR BALZAN THE Attorney General has been asked to carry out an initial review into whether a revocation of the presidential pardon given to oil trader George Farrugia is possible. The news comes in the wake of the con- firmation on appeal of the acquittal of Ray Ferris, a former Enemalta chief procurements officer who had been accused by Farrugia of having solic- ited a €40,000 bribe. The bribe was alleg- edly asked to inf luence the privatisation process for Enemalta's petroleum division, the state energy corporation's fuel prod- ucts arm in which Far- rugia – an agent for com- modities giants Trafigura and Totsa – had an interest in. The news also coincides with reports MaltaToday has received that Farrugia, still assisted by his legal counsel and long- time friend, Siegfried Borg Cole, has been seeking business opportunities in Sicily. This newspaper is informed that Far- rugia had only recently made contacts to access the oil bunkering business in the Sicilian port of Au- gusta, but that a deal with the Trieste-based bunker- ing giant Decal, had fallen through. Sources say the Italians pulled out of the deal. LABOUR'S outgoing deputy leader for party affairs, Toni Abela is expected not to press ahead with a vote in the European Parliament on his nomination for the Eu- ropean Court of Auditors. Abela, 58, held an hour-long meeting with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the Labour headquarters in Hamrun discuss- ing the nomination, which was turned down by MEPs in the Budgetary Control Committee by secret ballot: 17 MEPs vot- ed against, and nine in favour. His 30-minute hearing was stunted by his lack of experience in top-level govern- ment posts, as well as being overshadowed by questions focusing on his political life both before and after the 2013 election. "It was a cordial meeting, but Abela emphasised what he had already publicly stated, this time saying he would not pur- sue the nomination without the support of the budgetary control committee," a party source told this newspaper. Abela recently stepped down as PL dep- uty leader for party affairs, making way for the embattled minister Konrad Mizzi, currently fending off allegations over an offshore company he set up in 2015. Newspaper post SUNDAY • 20 MARCH 2016 • ISSUE 854 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY €1.40 Newspaper post Call 8007 3434 or visit People you can trust Ta' Xbiex | Paola | Skyparks | Bormla | Qormi | Birkirkara | San Gwann | Mosta | Rabat | St Paul's Bay Atlas Insurance PCC Ltd is a cell company authorised by the Malta Financial Services Authority to carry on general insurance business. The non- cellular assets of the company may be used to meet losses incurred by the cells in excess of their assets. 20 MARCH 2016 • ISSUE 854 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY maltatoday offshore company he PAGE 3 Malta's favourite food magazine 20 MARCH 2016 • ISSUE 854 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY today today • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY today • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EASTER WEEKEND SAY CHEESE CHEESY WEEKEND SNACKS CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE EASTER'S HERO INGREDIENT DINING OUT OUR FAVOURITE RESTOS PRECA SISTERS' FAMILY LUNCH PIPPA MATTEI'S LOCAL KUSKSU RABBIT IN CHOCOLATE SAUCE ISSUE 38 • MARCH 2016 WIN a meal for two at Caviar and bull RECIPES New format, more recipes, great food! Attorney General reviewing George Farrugia pardon YOUR FIRST READ AND FIRST CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT Malta's favourite Malta's favourite SUNDAY • 20 MARCH 2016 • ISSUE 854 malta SUNDAY • 20 MARCH 2016 • ISSUE 854 YOUR FIRST READ AND FIRST CLICK OF THE DAY FREE WITH MALTATODAY Abela won't face MEPs Oil trader in botched bunkering deal for Sicily port PAGE 4 George Farrugia Toni Abela won't push further with his candidacy for the European Court of Auditors 14 15 SIMON BUSUTTIL INTERVIEWED 'I want to win the next election to save the country from the situation it is currently in'

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