Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has played down calls for his chief of staff Keith Schembri to resign in the wake of Yorgen Fenech’s arrest this morning, arguing that he has no indication as of yet that Schembri had anything to do with Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination.
Questioned by Lovin Malta whether he will ask Schembri and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi to step down in the wake of Fenech’s arrest, Muscat said:
“The whole issue is I must await the process to conclude. If you are implying that Keith Schembri or Konrad Mizzi have something to do with the crime, the information I have so far is that they don’t.”
When it was pointed out that Schembri and Mizzi had planned to enter business with Fenech after the 2013 election, Muscat said that he has no indication as of now that any politician is implicated in the murder.
“I’m not giving a blank cheque; I’m just saying what the situation is up till today at 10:30am.”
Muscat, who shaved his beard this morning after weeks of letting it grow out for Movember, said that even the Opposition will have to answer questions in the coming weeks.
He appealed for prudence, arguing that he himself has had to hold back certain comments over the past two years out of fear of prejudicing the case.
“I’ve been keeping certain things to myself for two years and I await the proper time and moment to get everything off my chest. However, because of what other Prime Ministers before me did, I know that every word I say will be used to destroy the case.”
“You’re free to make your own conclusions but I cannot speculate. I must wait a few more hours or days, what I’ve kept inside for two years ill keep inside for a few more days until I can be free to express myself freely.”