Nationalist MP Karol Aquilina has filed a police report after a man called for him to be hung in his hometown’s village square.
Earlier today, Aquilina shared the violent Facebook comment, along with the name and face of the person who did so, pledging such people won’t scare him.
He later confirmed with Lovin Malta that he reported the comment to the police.
The comment said: “You deserve to be taken to the gallows in the middle of the Siġġiewi pjazza, tied to San Nikola and everyone that walks by sticks a sewing needle into you, so you get what you deserve, you hateful man.”
Incitement of violence on the basis of a person’s political belief is a crime in Maltese law, punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment.
Malta established a Hate Crime and Speech Unit in October 2019 to deal with these kinds of attacks on an individual. The unit also flags reports in clear breach of Article 82A of Chapter 9 in Malta’s Criminal Code to the police to investigate further.
In the first half of 2020, around 185 reports were filed to HCSU, with only about 5% being flagged for police to investigate.