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[LIVE BLOG] The Aftermath Of One Of the Most Shocking Days In Malta’s History

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7:45 pm – Protestors have blocked St Anne’s Street in Floriana after Police officers erected a metal barricade blockade outside Parliament and Castille Square in Valletta.

Some have also gathered by the war memorial roundabout. Buses and cars are blocked from entering and exiting.

6:56 pm – Protestors have gathered outside Parliament but are unable to get close due to barricades.

5:48 pm – 27 student organisations have called for the resignation of Joseph Muscat.

5:34 pm – Access to Valletta has been restricted as several lines of police barricades are set up in front of Parliament ahead of tonight’s protest.

5:24 pm – Joseph Muscat defends Keith Schembri in a heated parliament exchange, saying there’s currently only one suspected killer.

 

5:01 pm – BREAKING: Police are investigating a claim that the former Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri hatched a plan for murder suspect Yorgen Fenech to escape Malta a week before his arrest, sources close to the investigation have told Lovin Malta.

 

4:47 pm – KSU, the University of Malta student’s council, has been working on placards ahead of this evening’s protest in Valletta.

4:25 pm – A 2017 post by Keith Schembri makes for some telling reading in light of this week’s revelations.

“Joseph Muscat isn’t just my boss – he is my best friend,” Schembri had written.

“And I have offered him my resignation on several occasions – not because I am guilty of what our opponents say, but because I do not want to be a distraction from the incredible job he is doing. He has always urged me to stay, that what we are doing for the country is important.”

3:38 pm – A Maltese student shared his thoughts as he comes to terms with this week’s shocking revelations.

“This country requires a radical overhaul; there are too many implications in this case by people who should be setting an example and holding prominent positions, with the sole aim of representing the interests of the nation and not to line their own pockets.”

3:48 pm – The former Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri was also a patient of Adrian Vella, the doctor of Yorgen Fenech.

 

3:00 pm – With rumours and misinformation circulating online, we would like to advise caution in believing every bit of information that comes your way.

“Just because something is on the internet or WhatsApp does not mean it is true,”

– the Lovin Malta Team.

2:18 pm – ‘Keith Schembri alerted the three accused prior to their arrest, abusing of Malta Security Services secret information.”

The lawyer of the Caruana Galizia family, Jason Azzopardi, has issued a strong statement with new evidence implicating Keith Schembri in the case of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

1:35 pm – The Malta Police Association have condemned the politicising of an incident during last night’s protests where a police officer was involved in a scuffle with people in the crowd.

12:56 am – The GRTU has issued a statement saying that Malta’s business community is greatly concerned.

“We need to bring back to the fore-front our integrity and ability to do business intelligently and honestly,” they said in a statement.

12:49 am – Chris Cardona has called reports that police were searching his house “fake news”, saying officers were there for security reasons.

12:48 pm – The Nationalist Party have reportedly postponed their planned protest for this Sunday.

They made the announcement mere hours after PN Secretary General Clyde Puli had posted about the event on his personal Facebook account. They said the protest had been postponed “in the national interest“, but have yet to give a later date.

12:40 pm – BREAKING: Adrian Vella, the arrested Fenech family doctor, has admitted to passing on Yorgen Fenech secret messages from the Prime Minister’s former Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.

12:35 pm – Maltese people call out Malta’s two biggest political parties for organising events this Sunday.

12:26 pm – Lands Authority CEO James Piscopo took to Facebook to deny reports that any raids had been held on his home.

11:54 am – Education Minister Evarist Bartolo, who has been vocal on Facebook throughout this past week, appealed for calmness and non-violence this morning.

“We are going through a very difficult time. If we love our country and our people we need to make sure we come out of this a better country. It’s definitely not the time to get hot-headed and spread hatred and fall into violence against each other.”

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11:50 am – Thousands take to the streets of Valletta in anger on one of Malta’s darkest days.

11:31 am – The memorial dedicated to Daphne Caruana Galizia outside of the Law Courts in Valletta was cleared away last night.

11:30 am – Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia said the government cannot enclose itself in an echo-chamber and continue acting as if everything is “business as usual”.

“We need to continue on with our mandate to ensure that our proposals become a reality, and to continue working for the good of the country with a sense of political responsibility and justice, while also looking forward,” Farrugia said during a TVAM discussion alongside Opposition MP Karol Aquilina.

Farrugia had been caught inside a vehicle that was surrounded by protestors following last week’s arrest of Yorgen Fenech.

Photo: TVM

Photo: TVM

11:20 am – The vehicles of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius and other security officials were reportedly damaged during last night’s Valletta protests.

During the emotional protest, a scuffle between a police officer and a man was filmed as tensions rose outside Parliament.

11:14 am – Former Prime Minister Alfred Sant took to Facebook to rally Labour supporters, saying “genuine Labourites should not lose heart.”

“This is not the first time that the Labour Party has had to face big difficulties or crises. And this is not going to be the last time either.”

10:54 am – The son of Daphne Caruana Galizia and prominent journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia urged Maltese people not to attend either of the political events planned for this Sunday.

Photo: Net News

Photo: Net News

10:51 am – Keith Schembri’s lawyers were spotted entering the police depot in Floriana just before 10 am today. Schembri himself is still being held by police.

10:45 am – Mark Camilleri, the outspoken National Book Council Chairman, has shared a five-point plan for the current political crisis.

10:40 am – Footage showing that Net TV has been removed from the Hilton Hotel Malta starts doing the rounds.

10:30 am – MaltaToday editor Matthew Vella calls Joseph Muscat’s position “untenable“.

10:20 am – Here are three reasons Joseph Muscat needs to resign right now, as written by Lovin Malta CEO Chris Peregin.

10:18 am – Former Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil has urgently appealed to the EU “to help us save Malta’s democracy”.

10:10 am – Lovin Malta has received this photo of police cars outside the house of former Economy Minister Chris Cardona

10:05 am – Diane Izzo, the owner of Dizz Group, has now publicly denied that she was questioned by police officers or that she is the owner of the secret Panama company Egrant.

9:35 – The Nationalist Party has announced that it will be organising a national protest this Sunday. A location will probably be named soon.

9:20 – Welcome to Lovin Malta’s live blog, where we’ll be keeping you constantly updated on everything that’s going on in the wake of one of the most shocking days in Malta’s history.

8:35 – Yorgen Fenech has allegedly named Adrian Vella, the Fenech family doctor who admitted him into Mater Dei hospital during his interrogation, as the middleman for the former Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, flagging Vella’s decision to admit him to Mater Dei Hospital.

Vella has been arrested and taken in for questioning by police officers.

Cover photo: Jeremy Debattista

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Johnathan is interested in the weird, wonderful, and sometimes dark realities late capitalist society forces upon us all. He also likes food and music. Follow him at @supreofficialmt on Instagram, and send him news, food and music stories at [email protected]

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