Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should answer questions related to a the latest update on the investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, the Nationalist Party has insisted.
“Over 24 hours have passed since the Sunday Times of Malta published its story,” the PN said in a statement. “Joseph Muscat has found the time to attack the Opposition but has failed to answer the questions that everyone is asking him.”
The Sunday Times reported yesterday that police have identified a “major businessman” as the likely mastermind behind Caruana Galizia’s murder. Muscat has refused to comment on the story and has warned such updates will only help the mastermind as they will inform him that the police are on his tail.
.@MaltaGov silence following news reports on #DaphneCaruanaGalizia assassination investigation is deafening. In Parliament I asked gov if ministerial statement would be released but none was forthcoming. STOM story underlines the need for a truly independent magisterial inquiry.
— Adrian Delia (@adriandeliapn) October 7, 2019
However, the PN insisted Muscat has a duty to answer the questions, including those put to him on Twitter by the Dutch MP Pieter Omtzigt, who was appointed by the Council of Europe as a rapporteur into Malta’s rule of law.
One of Omtzigt’s questions concerns murder suspect Vince Muscat, who blogger-activist Manuel Delia has warned is fearing for his life in prison after deciding to cooperate with the police.
“Why did the government refuse to strike a deal with Vincent Muscat?” Omtzigt asked. “Is everything necessary being done to protect him, along with other potential witnesses, the lawyers and journalists involved, and their families?”
The PN warned the government isn’t truly committed to leaving no stone unturned to get to the bottom of Caruana Galizia’s murder.
“It is now clear that it isn’t interested in the truth coming out but in having the spontaneous memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia vandalised on a daily basis.”
The Labour Party dismissed Delia’s arguments as a desperate move to try and gain some popularity among “a faction within the PN which has constantly tried to show him the door”.
“This isn’t the first time he has caved in to this faction, and the more he has tried to do so, the weaker his position in the PN has become. What Adrian Delia hasn’t understood is that a serious politician won’t use a sensitive investigation about such a serious case in the partisan area. As the Prime Minister explained, those who do that aren’t seeking justice, but hindering it.”