The European Union’s General Court has dismissed a case filed by former European Commissioner John Dalli, who sought compensation for damages that he allegedly suffered after losing his position on the Commission in 2012.

Dalli based his case on charges that the Commission and OLAF were engaged in what he called “unlawful conduct”. Despite his claims, however, he was unable to prove that either OLAF or the Commission had acted inappropriately.

Dalli resigned from his Commissioner post after OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud office, launched an investigation into his ties, through an intermediary.to the European Smokeless Tobacco Council (ESTOC).

The alleged the unlawfulness of the decision to open an investigation, flaws in the characterisation of the investigation and the unlawful extension of it, the breach of the principles governing the gathering of evidence and distortion and falsification of the evidence, an infringement of the rights of the defence and of the principle of presumption of innocence and of the right to the protection of personal data,” according to the Court.

Two other complaints  filed by Dalli were rejected by the Court on the grounds that he failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that OLAF lacks oversight.

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