A Dutch MP who recently investigated the state of the rule of law in Malta on behalf of the Council of Europe has pressured the country into striking a deal with one of the three men charged with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
“Why did the government refuse to strike a deal with Vince Muscat?” Pieter Omtzigt tweeted. “Is everything necessary being done to protect him, along with other potential witnesses, the lawyers and journalists involved, and their families?”
Why did the government refuse to strike a deal with Vincent Muscat? Is everything necessary being done to protect him, along with other potential witnesses, the lawyers and journalists involved, and their families?
— Pieter Omtzigt (@PieterOmtzigt) October 6, 2019
Omtzigt was referring to a blogpost published by Manuel Delia, which claimed that Muscat is cooperating with police and that he is now fearing for his life, to the point where he is refusing to eat prison food because he fears it could be poisoned.
Lovin Malta has asked the prison authorities and the Home Affairs Ministry to respond to this allegation, while Muscat’s lawyer Arthur Azzopardi has said he would rather not comment on the grounds that his client’s case is still ongoing.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has refused to weigh in on the report but played down the chances that Vince Muscat would be offered a presidential pardon in return for information on the case.
“Malta’s history shows us that presidential pardons tend to lead to people walking free and no one getting punished,” he said.