John Dalli is considering legal action over the circumstances in which he was removed from his job as European Health Commissioner.
He resigned two weeks ago after the EU's anti-fraud office OLAF linked him to a Maltese businessman Silvio Zammit accused of trying to influence tobacco legislation. The 'young lawyer' who represented snus manufacturer Swedish Match in Malta during meetings is Gayle Kimberley, also involved in the local police probe.
Dalli says he has done nothing wrong and that his lawyers are urging court action:
"They (the lawyers) would lead me on the actions that I should be taking and which court I should be taking, because I have the choice of Malta, Brussels, Strasbourg."
Dalli stepped down after a Swedish tobacco company, Swedish Match, said it had been approached a businessman allegedly linked to the ex-commissioner, with a view to amending future anti-tobacco laws.
Dalli says he is the victim of a conspiracy:
"I think that there was a plan for this to happen, I believe that more light will be shed when this report by OLAF will be accessible to me."