Former city manager denies allegations by Zambito
The former general manager at city hall says Lino Zambito's allegations about him at the Charbonneau Commission are completely false and unfounded.
Zambito made claims that among other things Robert Abdallah received a $300 000 kickback from a city contract awarded to Zambito's firm in 2005.
At a news conference Thursday morning, Abdallah refuted point by point the allegations made about him.
"What you have here are documents proving that at least five of these allegations are false," he said, as he referred to a stack of documents on the table in front of him, including the contract in question.
But Abdallah admits he never even went over the details of the deal or seen 99% of these documents before because that was the responsibility of other staff at city hall.
"I never had any influence on the awarding of contracts," he claims. "I took measures as the city's director general to cut costs."
Meantime, Abdallah says he is ready to speak to any authority about this and testify at the Charbonneau Commission if he is called to do so.
"I will not allow my integrity to come into question," he says.