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Police drop probe into Malta's ex-EU commissioner

Police drop probe into Malta's ex-EU commissioner
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Malta’s former European Commissioner John Dalli will face no criminal charges over a lobbying scandal, Maltese police said on Monday.

Officials argue there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Dalli.

He has always denied seeking bribes to meet with tobacco industry figures and insists his resignation was forced upon him.

A European Commission spokeswoman said that the EU executive’s position has not changed.

She told reporters in Brussels Dalli did in fact resign because his position was no longer “politically tenable” following an investigation by the EU’s anti fraud unit, OLAF.

The OLAF probe led by its head Giovanni Kessler prompted European Commission president José Manuel Barroso to call for Dalli’s resignation.

Kessler will in the European Parliament on June 18th to answer charges from MEPs that the investigation was poorly carried out and a breach of EU law.