Justice Minister Owen Bonnici has said he feels betrayed when asked whether he regrets trusting the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff Keith Schembri.
“As Justice Minister, I cannot impute any criminal responsibility on a person because of their fundamental right to presumption of innocence,” Bonnici told the press last night. “However, personally, of course you feel betrayed. You feel betrayed by any person who lets you down and who misuses or abuses your trust.”
Bonnici refused to state outright that he believes Schembri to be innocent of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, arguing that he will leave it to the institutions to investigate the allegations that have been made by murder suspect Yorgen Fenech.
However, on a personal level, he said that he was shocked when he found out that Schembri had been implicated in the murder.
Earlier today, outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told a European Parliament delegation that he felt betrayed by Schembri and that he had misjudged his former chief of staff and close friend.
And Economy Minister Chris Cardona, who was reportedly the target of a frame-up conducted by Schembri and Fenech, has pinpointed Muscat’s trust in “intrinsically wrong” people as his weakness.
“We all put our trust in people and sometimes we trust people who are intrinsically wrong, people we defend but who then pay us back with bad behaviour,” he said, in what appeared to be a reference to Schembri. “People who misguide us, people whose aim isn’t noble, whose aim isn’t the common good or the national interest.”