G Farrugia Calleja: Simply not the point

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2017-12-04T21:56:11+00:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 21:56|

By resident guest George Farrugia Calleja: As soon as last Sunday’s CSN event ended, and probably even before, Joseph Muscat’s paid and unpaid trolls and assorted idiots were posting triumphantly that the relatively small crowd was evidence of how awesome Muscat was. At the same time MEP Marlene Mizzi’s daughter was bitching on-line that demonstrations such [...]

We must wait

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2017-12-04T22:05:47+00:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 21:42|

We still need to learn who was arrested and which part each one of them played in the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. We still need to learn if the police feel confident enough to arraign some or all of them. We still need to learn what else they are suspected of and what they'll [...]

Germans pass 800 Panama files to Malta police: “the ball lies with the Maltese authorities” – Sueddeutsche Zeitung

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2017-12-04T21:19:09+00:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 21:19|

In an exclusive report Sueddeutsche Zeitung said the Maltese police and "a court expert" have been briefed in detail by German criminal investigators from the specialist unit named "Olet", Latin for "something stinks". They were also handed around 800 files of information procured by German investigators. The report expresses uncertainty the documentation handed over will [...]

Antonio di Pietro on Konrad Mizzi: the defence that there was no money in the Panama company “makes no sense”

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2017-12-04T22:05:04+00:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 20:59|

Minister Konrad Mizzi reiterated his case that the Panama revelations have no bearing because "no transactions were ever made, and no money was ever received by the trust and underlying company." I had the benefit of the company of someone who investigated over 5,000 cases of people suspected (many of them prosecuted and convicted) for [...]

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family reacts to today’s arrests

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2017-12-04T19:55:51+00:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 19:55|

This statement was sent earlier by Daphne Caruana Galizia's family: The manner in which today’s arrests were communicated to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family indicates serious institutional deficiencies which are cause for general public concern. The information about the arrests was communicated by the Prime Minister, and not by the Malta Police, who appear to prioritise [...]

Prime Minister’s senior staffer tells civil society to delete yesterday’s speeches

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2017-12-04T13:53:22+00:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 13:53|

The head of the government's customer care office proclaimed on Facebook that anyone from civil society making speeches yesterday should delete them. He hash-tags me. Since I did not deliver a speech but transcribed and translated Antonio di Pietro's on my blog, he must mean that Antonio di Pietro's speech is an embarrassment to be [...]

Mayor of Ħaż-Żebbuġ knows arraignments are imminent. Family Caruana Galizia in the dark

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2017-12-04T13:04:55+00:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 13:04|

The Labour Mayor of Ħaż-Żebbuġ, Sarah Agius, has tweeted her praise of the prime minister for the imminent arraignment of 10 people in connection with the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Chapeau to @MaltaPolice. 10 suspects to be arraigned in court. Full trust in the Maltese Institutions and my Prime Minister @JosephMuscat_JM — Sarah Agius [...]

The prime minister’s announcement this morning

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2017-12-04T12:52:32+00:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 12:51|

Announcing the arrests of 8 -- later 10 -- Maltese citizens in connection with the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia, prime minister Joseph Muscat reminded his audience of a press conference Eddie Fenech Adami had given informing the press chief justice Noel Arrigo and judge Patrick Vella had been arrested for bribery. Joseph Muscat this [...]

Hedging the truth at Air Malta

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2017-12-04T09:00:52+00:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 09:00|

There’s something suspiciously odd about Air Malta’s accounts. Its losses are supposed to have shot more than threefold from 4 million euro in March 2016 to 13 million euro in March 2017. The huge losses are being leaked when negotiations with some of the employee unions are nearing their crux point. Management want the airline’s [...]