‘Modern-Day Piracy’: Repubblika Demands Criminal Inquiry Into VGH And The Three Ministers Involved With The Controversial Deal

Activists have launched a court application demanding for a criminal inquiry that focuses on the three ministers involved in the controversial €2.1 billion concession granting Vitals Global Healthcare (VGH) control over Malta’s three state hospitals.

Repubblika has accused Finance Minister Edward Scicluna, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, and Economy Minister Chris Cardona of facilitating a “coordinated” “act of modern-day piracy”, “corruption and money laundering, among other crimes” which saw VGH’s investor leave a debt of €50 million.

“Konrad Mizzi and Edward Scicluna had no qualms negotiating with people who stole,” the application reads.

The application, which is 150 pages long, primarily focuses on the government’s willingness to provide VGH, a company with absolutely no medical experience with a “disproportionate” financial advantage.

VGH was forced to sell its 30-year concession to manage three state hospitals 21 months into its operation in 2017.

The activists point to the signing of a memorandum of understanding five months

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