Joseph Buttigieg (VAT Officer) - His Witness

This is the translation of Joseph Buttigieg witness, a VAT Office employee. It is as true to the court-recorded transcript as possible. His witness confirms that the charges of VAT evasion brought against the defendant were very PETTY AND VINDICTIVE.

Magistrates Court

Magistrate Dr. Noel Cuschieri LL.D

Today the 2ndnd December 1999

Police Inspector Raymond Cremona


Joseph Ellul Grech

Joseph Buttigieg son of Michaelangelo born in Gozo and employed at the VAT Office.

The court is showing me document RC16 consisting of one page. This is a photocopy of a document. Today I am submitting the original letter copy of the Letter to Prosecute dated 17 November 1999, on which I recognise the signature of James Farrugia, Head of the Legal Section at the Vat Department. This document is being marked doc JB.

Cross-examination reserved.

(Another confirmation of vindictiveness. The police stared legal proceedings for evasion of Customs Duty with a global value of Lm130 with a customs duty of approximately Lm13. Customs Department was in John Dalli’s portfolio. This was a very serious investigation. What a bunch of nasty PLONKERS).

This is the substance of the witness Joseph Buttigieg as dictated by him.

I declare that I transcribed faithfully, honestly and according to the transcript witness tape.

Ivan Ghio

Joseph Buttigieg - His Witness

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