Venice Commission: Malta must investigate if government could have prevented Daphne’s killing

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2018-12-17T21:17:07+00:00Mon, 17th Dec '18, 21:17|

The Venice Commission in its Malta report, says Malta is obliged to establish whether the government knew of the risks to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s life and did all it could to avoid those risks. In its report the Venice Commission said Malta has obligations to establish “that the authorities knew or ought to have known [...]

Italian anti-mafia news-site labels assault on rights activist “an attack on democracy”

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2018-12-17T18:03:08+00:00Mon, 17th Dec '18, 18:03|

Antimafia Duemila, set up by the Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino memorial foundation, reported today last week's assault by government supporters on #occupyjustice activists laying flowers and candles in Valletta. The assault, during which my wife Clemence Dujardin, was physically assaulted by two persons in Great Siege square, was one of a series of incidents [...]

The Venice Commission report on Malta

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2018-12-17T16:55:03+00:00Mon, 17th Dec '18, 16:55|

Here's a link to the full Venice Commission report in full. What no one seems to be acknowledging is that this report is another legacy of Daphne Caruana Galizia. It came about because the Council of Europe wanted to understand why a journalist was killed in Malta and appointed Pieter Omtzigt of the Netherlands as [...]

Chris Cardona went to Liverpool

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2018-12-17T10:26:05+00:00Mon, 17th Dec '18, 10:19|

This is not a Chris Cardona went to Velbert story. Though of course, god knows where he’s been.  He went to watch a football match. He went with his government colleague Chris Agius known to his friends as il-Wefi and some other mates. The mates include Silvan and Matthew Fenech, cousins of Yorgen Fenech of [...]

Our idea of justice

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2018-12-17T09:38:53+00:00Mon, 17th Dec '18, 09:38|

The Venice Commission report remarks about our proliferation of tribunals presided by quasi-judges that have the power to decide but are casual about the obligations of impartiality incumbent on judges. Here's one. Harold Walls presides over an Industrial Tribunal. And he stretches his mental faculties on Facebook. This wasn't some academic exercise. It is a [...]

One of the candles

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2018-12-17T09:04:25+00:00Mon, 17th Dec '18, 09:04|

Look at the candle in the foreground of this picture. It is one of the few that you can see that is not a classic votive red candles like most of the others flickering around it. It is a bit out of focus but you can figure out a picture of Martin Luther on the [...]