Giovanni Kessler, General Director of the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) said former EU Commissioner John Dalli may have not committed fraud but he knew that someone close to him was suggesting something illegal and he did not report it.
Kessler was addressing a press conference in Brussels the day after John Dalli resigned after being implicated in an attempt of fraud in an OLAF report. Dalli has denied all allegations and said will fight to clear his name.
The OLAF General Director revealed a "big sum" was being mentioned in the alleged attempt to have the tobacco lobby to influence John Dalli over the new tobacco regulations. He confirmed that no part of the "big sum" suggested was actually paid and indeed the suggested sum was rejected the first time.
Kessler declined to comment on the fact that the Maltese businessman in the case ( identified as Silvio Zammit in Malta) is a member of the Nationalist Party. Zammit's name was not made by Kessler or any European Commission spokesman in Brussels in the past hours.