Nationalist MP Karol Aquilina has formally asked the police to investigate the “robbery” of flowers and candles from the makeshift Valletta memorial to assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The memorial in front of the law courts was originally erected by a group of San Anton children, but has since become a tug of war between people demanding political responsibility for Caruana Galizia’s murder and supporters of the government.
After it was pulled down yet again last night, Aquilina decided to take it to the next level – emailing police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar and the Valletta police station to request an investigation for what he said amounts to robbery.
“Flowers, candles and other objects that were placed at the foot of the Great Siege Monument in Republic Street, Valletta, were stolen last night,” he wrote. “I had placed a number of those candles there myself to commemorate the memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The monument is right in front of the law courts, in the middle of a main street in our capital city, and it is constantly monitored by CCTV cameras. I kindly request that you investigate this robbery and take all necessary action.”
After the memorial was destroyed earlier this month, Lovin Malta asked the police whether they intend to investigate its removal. A police spokesperson responded that the divisional police have not received any official reports about the case and are therefore not investigating it.