The courts have granted Opposition leader Adrian Delia limited and controlled access to his children as part of ongoing separation proceedings between himself and his wife Nickie Vella de Fremeaux.
Judge Jacqueline Padovani Grima ruled that Delia be allowed to see his children twice a week for two hours and once every weekend for eight hours. However, he will only be allowed to see them in the presence of Vella de Fremeaux’s parents.
Contrary to media reports, the court ruling doesn’t dismiss Vella de Fremeaux’s allegations of domestic violence and makes no reference to the accusations at all.
On Christmas Eve, Delia filed an urgent court application asking the court to let him see his five children, since he was being prevented from doing so. He also asked for the mediation process to begin. However, Vella De Fremeaux replied by saying access should only by allowed in a very limited way and under careful supervision, such as by her own parents.
Two days ago, the court accepted Vella de Fremeaux’s proposal.
In a statement this evening, Delia said he will adhere to an agreement reached by the two parties in court not to talk in public about the ongoing separation for the sake of his children.
He dismissed calls for his resignation from the likes of Occupy Justice, insisting that he “will not cave in to malign attempts to turn this personal issue into a political one”.