Updated with PN statement below
There exists no evidence to substantiate a claim published by Lovin Malta that Leader of the Opposition and PN Leader Adrian Delia is going around with €500 notes that might be coming from donations made to the party.
This claim is what sparked a libel suit by Dr Delia against Lovin Malta. The Opposition leader has since outright denied going around with €500 notes or meddling with party donations in any way.
Lovin Malta has since tried to verify the claim made by an unnamed PN MP. However, we have been unable to do so. In fact, there seems to be no evidence that Dr Delia is going around with €500 notes, nor that these might be coming from party donations.
Lovin Malta published the contentious quote as it felt it was in the public interest to know that such allegations were being made by people in Dr Delia’s own parliamentary group.
With this in mind, Lovin Malta would like to clearly state that it is not making these allegations its own and it apologises for any inconvenience caused to Dr Delia.
Meanwhile, the Nationalist Party issued a statement saying that Dr Delia has instructed his lawyer to withdraw the libel suit, in light of Lovin Malta’s retraction of the malicious allegations. The PN said it supported the free press and was in favour of freedom of expression but was disappointed when certain individuals in the media were used by third parties to character assassinate politicians and other people.