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‘His Death Could Have Been Avoided’: Second Nicholas Camilleri Vigil Announced For Friday

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A second vigil for Nicholas Camilleri, the missing man who was recently found dead in Għajn Tuffieħa, has been called for Friday at 7pm in front of the law courts.

The vigil is being organised by Happy Parenting, an organisation which advocates against parental alienation from children. 

“Nicholas Camilleri reiterated that he was a victim of domestic violence,” Happy Parenting said. “The sad truth is that the Maltese legal system does not help people like Nicholas, who was found dead.”

“The case is still being investigated. It is too late now to heed Nicholas’s pleas” In one way or another, we are all responsible for this tragic event. This death could have been avoided.”

“It is high time we stop saying that the husband is always the perpetrator of domestic violence. He could very well be the victim.”

Camilleri, who was reported missing on 17th June, was found earlier this morning.

Investigations are ongoing, but police believe there was no foul play in his death, while a social media post that Camilleri penned before going missing has raised some alarm.

Happy Parenting founder Anthony Cauchi told Lovin Malta that the vigil will call out third-party alienation and urge the authorities to take concrete action, including by moving responsibility for mediation from the courts to a separate agency and by ending the practice of imprisoning parents who don’t pay their maintenance.

The event is completely separate from another vigil for Camilleri that a fathers’ group called Flimkien Missirijiet Inqumu is organising for Thursday evening.

Cauchi distanced himself from that group, stating that Happy Parenting doesn’t want to “spread hate and promote gender wars”.

“We are about helping everyone, no matter their gender,” he said. “If a mother is passing through alienation, we want to help her too.”

Cover photo: Left: Anthony Cauchi during a recent TVAM episode, Right: Nicholas Camilleri 

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