Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi wasted the court’s time this morning after he failed to turn up to testify in a libel case he had instituted against three Nationalist MPs.
Mizzi had sued former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil and PN MPs Jason Azzopardi and Beppe Fenech Adami, as well as now-murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, for comments on his Panama company and the Dubai company 17 Black.
In light of recent reports that 17 Black belongs to Tumas Group CEO Yorgen Fenech and a NAO investigation into the Delimara power station, the Nationalist politicians must have been eager to grill Mizzi this morning. However, they were left disappointed after the minister’s lawyer informed the court that his client was abroad, prompting magistrate Francesco Depasquale to postpone the case to early next year.
“Konrad Mizzi is a chicken and a coward,” Fenech Adami said on Facebook. “He didn’t turn up in court to answer questions on corruption and the millions of euro he planned to pocket. He can run but he can’t hide; righteousness will triumph.”
Busuttil and Azzopardi echoed similar sentiments, with the former PN leader accusing Mizzi of making a mockery of Malta’s institutions and his colleague commenting “Tardare si, scappare no”.
Mizzi faced the press for the first time in several months yesterday but refused to weigh in on the 17 Black reports, urging the public to await the outcome of ongoing criminal inquiries.
“You had the same confirmation in terms of documentation with regards Egrant but the magisterial inquiry proved otherwise, he said. “Have some patience and wait for the inquiry because it will clear everything up.”