Dutch MPs have questioned their country’s diplomatic relationship with Malta in light of the recent developments surrounding the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
A committee within the Dutch parliament has aked the government for guidance on two specific questions pertaining to relations with the country:
- What will the Netherlands and the EU do with the Rule of Law Crisis in Malta and specifically the possibility that Prime Minister Muscat uses presidential pardons in the Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination case?
- Is it still OK to share confidential information with the government of Malta (OPM) and the secret services?
Referring to this move within the Dutch Parliament, Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola warned that Malta will suffer if Prime Minister Joseph Muscat refuses to resign.
“The ramifications on Malta of Muscat clinging on to his seat are huge. States are asking whether it is still safe to share information with our law enforcement authorities & security services! Muscat is endangering the nation he is meant to serve to protect himself. Get out.”
The ramifications on #Malta of Muscat clinging on to his seat are huge. States are asking whether it is still safe to share information with our law enforcement authorities & security services!
Muscat is endangering the nation he is meant to serve to protect himself. Get out.
— Roberta Metsola MEP (@RobertaMetsola) November 28, 2019
MaltaToday reported today that the Malta Security Services had been tapping the phone of businessman Yorgen Fenech, who has been arrested in connection with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, for at least a year.
The Prime Minister’s former chief of staff Keith Schembri was reportedly also present for a meeting between the MSS and Joseph Muscat in which Fenech was being considered as a main suspect.
Fenech has now implicated Schembri, who has also been arrested.
Lovin Malta is informed that while Schembri doesn’t feature in Fenech wiretap, his name does appear in recordings which were secretly taken by alleged middleman Melvin Theuma after the assassination had been carried out.