Nationalist MP David Thake has denied that the party has found itself in an awkward position as a result of the way criminal lawyer Giannella de Marco sparred with his colleagues during a recent parliamentary meeting.
“It’s absolutely not embarrassing to the PN,” Thake told a press conference yesterday, when asked by Lovin Malta whether the party is in an awkward position as a result of Giannella de Marco’s brother Mario de Marco being a PN MP.
“Giannella and Mario Dd Marco are two separate people; Mario de Marco’s loyalty to the PN and its cause isn’t up for discussion.”
Giannella de Marco this week clashed with PN MPs Karol Aquilina and Beppe Fenech Adami as they grilled her client, Electrogas shareholder and former director Paul Apap Bologna.
The public accounts committee meeting was held to discuss the Delimara power station project, and de Marco was meant to be present solely if Apap Bologna required legal consultation.
However, she ended up dominating the discussion herself, frequently responding on Apap Bologna’s behalf, instructing him not to answer questions she considered irrelevant, and even passing a political jibe about PN MP Jason Azzopardi and his infamous trip to Israel.
During and after the debate, many people criticised de Marco for taking such an active role in the meeting, treating a parliamentary committee which was set up to scrutinise government spending as a court of law and undermining Opposition MPs on the job.
Cover photo: From left: Criminal lawyer Giannella de Marco, PN MP David Thake, PN MP Mario de Marco