European Parliament President David Sassoli has forwarded European Council President Charles Michel a letter written by an MEP delegation which visited Malta on an urgent visit over the current political crisis.
“Our delegation has expressed concern over the delayed resignation of the Prime Minister, announced for January 12th, and the suspension of Parliament,” the letter reads. “We fear this constitutes a serious risk, real or perceived, the murder. Investigation and connected investigations will be compromised.”
“The investigation has come to a crucial point, and any risk of political or other interference must be categorically excluded.”
Malta has been locked in a political crisis ever since the arrest and charge of businessman Yorgen Fenech for conspiring to assassinate journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and the connections the Prime Minister’s office to the murder.
While the delegation’s report was set to be presented to Parliament on 15th December, they urged urgent action, explaining that:
“Malta is part of the European Union, and all EU institutions have a responsibility to ensure European values are upheld throughout the territory of the EU.”
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is currently at the summit, which was meant to be focused on the EU budget for the next seven years.
However, it appears that Malta will be firmly on the agenda following several public calls from politicians and activist groups.
Malta, according to reports, also seems to be the first real test for the newly elected EU heads, with the world watching on to see how they will act with the rule of law issue in Malta.
Clear that Muscat’s intention is scorched earth – he will drag the nation down with him. https://t.co/IQqLIKf1NG
— Roberta Metsola MEP (@RobertaMetsola) December 12, 2019