What A Day! A Quick Rundown Of Yesterday's Crazy Events In Malta

Just in case you missed it

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If ever there was a day in Malta to embody the phrase 'that escalated quickly', it was yesterday. In case you didn't spend the day glued to your phone for updates, here's a rundown of how shit went down just to get you up to speed. 

1. Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia drops a bomb at midnight

It must've been a long night for Economy Minister Chris Cardona's PR people. At around midnight, Malta's infamous blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia claims the minister was hanging out at a brothel in Düsseldorf, accompanied by another Maltese man, while in Germany on government business. This is the same minister who was last month accused of racking up a drinks bill of €758 during a similar visit to Dubai. The bill was eventually refunded by Cardona's chief of staff. 

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2. Minister Chris Cardona denies the story outright as 'fake news'

By 10am, Chris Cardona, who is also the Labour Party's deputy leader, denied the story as an outright lie and a prime example of fake news.

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3. PN jumps right in, saying Cardona must come clean

At a conveniently timed press conference featuring PN's own deputy leader, Beppe Fenech Adami says Cardona must come clean and say whether he visited the brothel at any time during his visit to Germany, where he is attending a conference on the digitisation of European industry.

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4. More details emerge on Caruana Galizia's blog, and a Che Guevara tattoo is mentioned

Caruana Galizia claims Chris Cardona had a three-way with one of his staffers (or consultants) and that he was heard swearing in Maltese about the temperature of the water. She also says he has a tattoo of Che Guevara on his shoulder. She uses this information to give credence to her claims. David Thake nearly jizzes his pants. 

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5. Sub plot: Times of Malta reaches out of court settlement with former CEO Adrian Hillman

Remember this other story Daphne Caruana Galizia broke last year? Well it seems it has come to some sort of conclusion. Former Times of Malta CEO Adrian Hillman, who was accused of getting kickbacks from the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, has reached an out of court settlement with Times of Malta. Schembri welcomed the news in his first Facebook post ever, and urged Times of Malta to publish the findings of its internal inquiry. 

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5. Cardona says he will sue Caruana Galizia for libel

After mounting pressure to file a law suit if the claims are really untrue, Cardona says he will file for libel as he continues to deny all the allegations she made. He later describes her claims as "moral violence".

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6. Simon Busuttil says the country is 'disgusted'

The Opposition leader wasted no time to jump on the story and tell Parliament how disgusted everyone is by the allegations against Cardona. Remember that in Parliament you can't be sued for what you say. 

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7. Caruana Galizia claims minister went to the brothel again!

Later she updates the story and says the minister probably didn't got there for sex but  for "negotiation on making sure their backs are covered".

8. The rest of the country is like....

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What do you make of the Chris Cardona story? Who do you think is lying? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook. 

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