Thake resigns from PN parliamentary group pending ethics inquiry

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David Thake has temporarily suspended himself from the shadow cabinet and the Nationalist Party parliamentary group pending the outcome of an ethics investigation against him.

While vehemently denying Prime Minister Robert Abela’s tax evasion accusations, Thake admitted that his company had not submitted its accounts for 10 years.

Describing Abela as a “liar”, the MP said that “the VAT that my business must be authorized by the Covid measures” in a Facebook video post.

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Thake said he was temporarily resigning from the opposition parliamentary group because he did not want the matter to embarrass PN leader Bernard Grech.

“It was my fault and I apologize wholeheartedly,” Thake said, adding that he would pay his dues and all penalties for not paying VAT on time.

The MP did not dispute MaltaToday’s claims that his company Maltashopper Ltd, a successful stockist of Ikea furniture, faces an assessment of more than € 550,000 in sums owed to the VAT department.

Thake has asked the parliament’s standards commissioner to investigate him after revelations another of his companies, Vanilla Telecoms, owed some € 270,000 in unpaid VAT, which is now part of a repayment plan with the authorities . Thake is the sole shareholder of Maltashopper and Vanilla Telecoms.

Thake asks Standards Commissioner to investigate him over VAT arrears report

Thake challenged Abela to release his personal tax return, adding that the prime minister would withdraw from it due to his “unexplained wealth”.

In a brief statement, Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech said he had accepted Thake’s resignation pending investigation by the Standards Commissioner, insisting it embodied the opposition’s high standards of accountability.

“This contrasts with Robert Abela’s indecisive leadership with regard to his own caucus, including the case of MP Ian Castaldi Paris, who remained in the Labor caucus despite an investigation by tax authorities into his unexplained wealth. “

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