Media Articles Brought Reactions from MGA
The Malta Gaming Authority made references to articles published by Times of Malta
The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has reacted to two articles published by Times of Malta in December. The first article with the headline «Mafia planned to infiltrate Malta gaming companies — Italian police in Palermo raids» was published on 15th December, 2017. The second article appeared in Times of Malta on the 24th of December, 2017, with a headline “Hillman put on State payroll two weeks after election – Malta Gaming Authority denied he was given consultancy job”.
«The MGA objects to the articles in question which contain factual inaccuracies, speculation, untruths and a misleading portrayal of the Malta Gaming Authority and the way it operates» as stated by MGA.
The reaction from Malta Gaming Authority followed:
1) ‘Mafia planned to infiltrate Malta gaming companies – Italian police in Palermo raids’ published on 15 December 2017:
“The Malta Gaming Authority takes exception to such a speculative and senseless article which one can only conclude that it is intended solely to harm Malta’s reputation as a gaming jurisdiction of excellence. If such alleged plans to relocate underground activities to Malta were true (as reported in the article), such pans would have likely failed from a “fit and properness” standpoint since our rigorous due diligence procedures, criminal probity checks, investigations and intelligence gathering activities when on-boarding new licensees but also our ongoing supervisory processes are of a high standard and would have immediately red flagged any such attempts”
1) ‘Hillman put on State payroll two weeks after election – Malta Gaming Authority denied he was given consultancy job’ published on 24 December 2017:
“The article in question contains untruths and factual inaccuracies which are listed hereunder:
Mr Hillman was engaged by the MGA with effect from 3 July 2017. Contract was signed on 28 June after all the relevant approvals were received in line with public procurement procedures. The MGA was correct (on 21 June 2017) in stating that Mr Hillman was not doing consultancy work for the MGA when the Times of Malta correspondent asked the question;
The MGA received no instructions whatsoever from the OPM to engage Mr Hillman. Any suggestions to this effect are purely speculative and totally untrue. All MGA consultancy engagements including Mr Hillman’s are based on the Authority’s business requirements, ongoing projects and strategic objectives and selection is based on competences of the individual(s) or firms concerned;
As far as is publicly available, Mr Hillman was investigated by The Times of Malta through a board of inquiry set up for that purpose and no wrongdoing on his part was found so much so that the Times of Malta reached an amicable solution to the dispute.”