Malta’s former European Commissioner John Dalli has issued a nine-page press release admonishing a Dutch MP who recently authored a damning Council of Europe report about the island’s rule of law.
Dalli begins by accusing Pietre Omtzigt of reproducing “spurious” information “fed to (him) by the megalomaniac hate mongers in Malta”.
“This not only shows that you are shallow and irresponsible, but also that you cannot be trusted with producing an objective contribution in the fight against corruption,” Dalli says.
Dalli then goes on to make a number of allegations regarding Malta’s former police commissioner John Rizzo.
As he did in a recent letter to MaltaToday, Dalli dedicated a chapter of his press release to him contesting the word “disgraced” which was used in his regard in the report.
He dedicated another chapter to “The Calumnies of the Perverse Blogger”, referring to assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
“Your bias and your myopic approbation to your prompter is exposed by your quoting the perverse blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia as if her blog was an inspired biblical text,” Dalli wrote.
The report authored by Omtzigt, among other things, has called for an independent inquiry into Caruana Galizia’s murder.
It also accused Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of giving his “personal protection” to his Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and Nexia BT’s Brian Tonna, who were all mentioned in Panama Papers.
Muscat himself criticised Omtzigt last May: “Just Google search his name [Pieter Omtzigt]. This MP had tried to say that victims of the MH17 passenger aircraft shot down by a Russian missile over Ukraine (17 July 2014) were actually shot down the Ukrainians. He eventually had to admit this was fake news.”