Opposition leader Adrian Delia has urged Cabinet members to kick out Prime Minister Joseph Muscat during tonight’s urgent Cabinet meeting, warning that any other decision will mean they can no longer call themselves honourable.
Delia said that the police commissioner and Attorney General are attending tonight’s Cabinet meeting and that their presence strongly indicates that they are likely to discuss Yorgen Fenech’s request for a pardon. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff Keith Schembri – whom Fenech, the main suspect in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, is implicating – has been released from police custody.
“This indicates that the meeting is discussing issues which concern one of their own,” Delia said. “The decision will be taken by people who, a few days ago, expressed their faith in Joseph Muscat. Tonight, those people in Castille will no longer be able to call themselves honourable as per the oaths they swore, unless they decide to observe the rule of law and kick Joseph Muscat out. Any other decision would put Malta at serious risk.”
Fenech tonight filed a constitutional case to remove chief homicide inspector Keith Arnaud from the murder investigation, as well as a warrant of prohibitory injunction to restrain police from proceeding with the investigations pending the outcome of the case. Fenech swore under oath that Schembri had told him that Arnaud had given him detailed updates about the case.
Meanwhile, the murder suspect has also formally requested President George Vella to intervene in his request for a pardon, warning that this request shouldn’t be ruled upon by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet when the damaging information he wants to divulge concerns people close to them. Besides Schembri, Fenech has also claimed to have information on former Ministers Konrad Mizzi and Chris Cardona.