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Aaron Farrugia Skips Question Time In Parliament After Transport Malta Beating Video Shocks Nation

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Political responsibility must be shouldered after Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia did not appear in Parliament to answer questions following the shocking reveal of a video showing Transport Malta officials beating a man, PN MPs are demanding.

Though Farrugia was actually within the building yesterday, he did not appear for questions, instead sending Minister Owen Bonnici in his stead.

This led to an outcry of criticism from the PN, who described his lack of an appearance following such a revelation as a lack of “political seriousness”.

“This is a lack of respect towards Parliament, towards the people and their elected officials. This shows a lack of seriousness when it comes to the time dedicated to answering parliamentary questions,” MP Adrian Delia said after the session.

“The people have a right to hear your answer, minister. You must shoulder political responsibility,” he continued.

Two officials who were filmed beating up a man as he was lying down in the middle of the road in Marsa have been suspended pending an investigation.

 

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The video was believed to have been taken in Qormi Road on 26th October at around 9:30pm and was published by Lovin Malta.

Though Farrugia condemned the attack, his no-show in Parliament gave his critics major ammo to use against him.

Indeed, the Parliamentary session was eventually suspended by Speaker Anglu Farrugia as it got out of hand. Aside from heated comments from the likes of Delia, things took a major turn when MPs found out that though Farrugia wasn’t taking their questions, he was actually in the building.

PN MP Robert Cutajar said he was informed that Farrugia was in the building, leading to the Labour side dropping a number of comments, including MP Rosianne Cutajar saying “the lift is a bit slow”.

“Why isn’t he here, and why isn’t he answering our questions? Where is Aaron Farrugia, and why isn’t he answering all of this?” Delia said in Parliament yesterday.

A visibly exhausted Anglu Farrugia, attempting to take control of the scene, eventually suspended the session.

 

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Johnathan is Editor-in-Chief of Lovin Malta, and an award-winning Maltese journalist interested in social justice, politics, minority issues, music and food. Follow him at @supreofficialmt on Instagram, and send him news, food and music stories at [email protected]

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