PN Leader Adrian Delia has called for an independent investigation to determine whether the murder of Lassana Cisse Souleymane could have been avoided, especially given that the two men charged with the racially motivated attack formed part of the Armed Forces of Malta.
“We cannot allow the government to shake off all responsibility until the facts of the case become known. These are matters of national importance. These are matters which determine what we believe as a nation, and we cannot politicise the seriousness of this issue.
“The Prime Minister cannot say that Malta is as safe as it was. I am not scaring people or being alarmist, but can you say that Malta is the same as ten years ago? Do people really still feel safe? We must understand the problem first, and then determine the right steps forward,” Delia told a political acitivity.
Francesco Fenech from Marsascala and Lorin Scicluna for Paola have been charged with the attempted murder of two others, and the hit-and-run incident that took place in the same area earlier this year.
Speaking at a political activity in his hometown of Siggiewi, Delia unreservedly condemned the “assassination” of the Lassana Cisse, who was shot and murdered in cold blood last April.
“The news of the murder was shocking in its own right. Now two soldiers are accused of the crime. We must not have a trial by media, and we must allow the judicial process to take effect. All evidence points towards this being a racially motivated crime. We cannot accept this situation, we cannot accept to be associated with racism – we are known for our big hearts, we help, and we care. Society is changing drastically and quickly.
“This was a crime based on the colour of the victim’s skin. What difference does the colour of skin make? We are all born with the same soul, the same heart and the same blood
Delia was also quick to praise the Armed Forces of Malta for risking their lives each day, no matter the weather, without much fanfare or public acknowledgement.
“These are the heroes of every day whom we forget. They sacrifice time from their family without being certain; they will return home at the end of the day.”
On the upcoming MEP election, Delia cautioned against the Party of European Socialists, which the PL forms part of, due to the advocacy of tax harmonisation which Delia said would put in jeopardy thousands of jobs.
The European People’s Party, which the PN falls under, is the right choice to defend Malta’s interests, Delia argued.
Turning to the significant number of people who claim they do not know how they will be voting (as according to local surveys), Delia said that these people have the power to determine the outcome. He urged them to go out and vote as a message against the ruling government’s corrupt practice and style of governing.
PN MEP candidate David Casa argued that he had worked tirelessly to safeguard Malta’s value and champion Malta’s interests, despite what is said by the ruling party.