Prime Minister’s law firm squats Valletta premises

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Robert Abela’s law firm, Abela Advocates, operates from an office in Valletta to which it has no legal title.

The property in question, which was granted by 150-year long lease to the original tenants in 1867, was obtained by Abela when he took over the ground rent from his former legal partner Ian Stafrace.

Documents seen by Newsbook.com.mt show that the long lease for the Strait Street office used by Abela Advocates expired at the end of 2017.

After it expired, Abela and her father, former President George Abela, who had acquired a share in the property, had to return the keys to the office to the government that owned the building.

Malta weather reported that Robert Abela, who at the time was an MP, had asked the Lands Authority to further extend the lease. Quoting a Lands Authority spokesman, the newspaper reported that the authority defended its decision not to expel Abela from office.

Newsbook.com.mt is informed that the advertising sign of Abela Advocates has recently been removed, however, the company continues to operate from the same office.

“Abela’s Sense of Entitlement”

On Sunday, anti-corruption activist and NGO president Robert Aquilina lambasted Abela in a Facebook post.

“While some families are homeless, Robert Abela has been and continues to squat on government property without any legal title,” Aquilina wrote, and added that it was yet more evidence showing Abela’s sense of entitlement. .

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