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Dalli resignation statement

The head of the EU's anti-fraud office has given more details of the investigation into the ex-Health Commissioner John Dalli.

Speaking at the European Commission on 17 October 2012, Giovanni Kessler said there were "unambiguous, circumstantial pieces of evidence" indicating that Mr Dalli knew that a Maltese businessman was using the Commissioner's position to gain financial advantage.

Olaf's report said that the businessman had tried to influence future EU legislation on tobacco products, including the EU export ban on snus, a smokeless tobacco taken orally.

Mr Kessler refused to name the businessman, although his name has surfaced in the Maltese press.

Mr Dalli has "categorically" rejected the Olaf report and has said he will clear his reputation.

The European Commission has insisted that the case has not affected the legislative process on reform of tobacco laws, which are soon to go to the Council and Parliament for further negotiation.

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