Malta yesterday found out that the Prime Minister was named in the first official police statement given by the prime suspect in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation.
The implication of businessman Yorgen Fenech is huge: that Muscat could have had some kind of involvement or knowledge about the murder of a journalist.
Despite the magnitude of this allegation, Muscat has not issued an official denial, more than 24 hours after this police statement was given.
Instead, Muscat simply issued a short statement through his deputy spokesman claiming he had been warned he would be implicated if he did not grant Fenech a pardon.
Lovin Malta specifically asked Muscat whether he denies any involvement in the murder or its coverup, but no response has yet been forthcoming.
The absence of a denial is very strange given the circumstances.
For comparison’s sake, when the Prime Minister was accused of owning a secret Panama company called Egrant, Muscat filed libel suits, gave teary-eyed appearances at press conferences and furiously labelled the accusation “the biggest lie in Malta’s political history”.
It should also be noted that Muscat said last Tuesday he would “definitely resign if there is any sort of association between myself and the murder“.
Although there are no details yet of Muscat’s alleged involvement in the case, Fenech had mentioned Muscat in his first official police statement, which is the one that will be presented to court.
All other statements he gave so far have been informal ones that were used in the process of negotiating for a Presidential Pardon. They will not be able to be used by the police in court.