Adrian Delia’s ‘right-hand man’ accused of engaging a canvasser to spy on PN leader’s ex-wife; used fake profiles to harass PN MPs

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2019-07-17T10:25:53+02:00Wed, 17th Jul '19, 09:46|

Julian Micallef Julian Micallef, formerly the chauffer of the Leader of the Nationalist Party and now recognised as Adrian Delia's "right-hand man", has been accused by a PN activist of arranging for Nickie Vella de Fremaux, Adrian Delia's estranged wife, to be followed and videos were taken of her without her knowledge. The [...]

Court finds fundamental rights of Caruana Galizia family breached. Again.

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2019-07-16T11:53:50+02:00Tue, 16th Jul '19, 11:53|

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s widowed husband Peter and their sons Matthew, Andrew and Paul have today been awarded compensation after the Constitutional Court found their fundamental rights have been breached by unwarranted intervention by the State. The case was filed in August last year after Planning Authority officials issued an urgent order to have a banner [...]

#rel1 = on

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2019-07-17T02:37:42+02:00Tue, 16th Jul '19, 11:28|

George Degiorgio, Alfred Degiorgio and Vincent Muscat have been indicted for voluntary homicide in the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia that was assassinated by a car bomb 21 months ago today, at 3 pm of Monday 16 October 2017. The three men are also charged with causing an explosion that brought about the death of [...]

Would you buy a used car from these people?

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2019-07-16T11:03:57+02:00Tue, 16th Jul '19, 11:01|

Look, swimming 4 kilometres in the open sea is an admirable performance. Doing it for charity is a good reason to do it. To be fair I can’t think of another reason to do it unless you can swim the distance competitively. I couldn’t swim that distance to save my life. If I was being [...]

Degiorgio brothers and Vince Muscat indicted for murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2019-07-16T10:08:40+02:00Tue, 16th Jul '19, 10:08|

Twenty-one months after her assassination brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio and Vince Muscat have been indicted for murder. The bill of indictment was filed this morning by the Attorney General's office. The three were charged in December 2017 and evidence against them has been heard in a compilation of evidence that included testimony from international [...]

There’s crazy. And then there’s evil.

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2019-07-16T10:00:39+02:00Tue, 16th Jul '19, 10:00|

Yesterday I wrote about Frank Portelli’s fantasies about Daphne Caruana Galizia. Twenty-one months after she was killed in a car bomb he says he found out she accepted payments to influence what she wrote. Needless to say without any hint of how he could have come upon this idea. I don’t mean he does not [...]

Atletico Nacional

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2019-07-15T20:00:03+02:00Mon, 15th Jul '19, 20:00|

In the 1980s Pablo Escobar sponsored Medellin football club Atletico Nacional. He was a football fan, loved his club and in any case had more money to spend than he knew what to do with it. And now, for something completely different. Cospicua side St George's Football Club were second division champions last season. Newly [...]

Three judges said

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2019-07-15T19:42:15+02:00Mon, 15th Jul '19, 19:42|

This morning's judgement is a clear pronouncement that Owen Bonnici's "reforms" on judicial appointments are worthless The government, fronted mainly by Owen Bonnici, has repeatedly claimed Labour has enhanced judicial independence by amending the Constitution in 2016 and appointing a “Judicial Appointments Committee”. The official story is that since the Judicial Appointments Committee is presided [...]

Muddled

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2019-07-15T19:23:17+02:00Mon, 15th Jul '19, 19:23|

I can’t get over yesterday’s editorial of The Malta Independent on Sunday. Believe me I tried. The editor in chief of The Malta Independent, Rachel Attard, used to be a good friend of mine. Her partner, Lou Bondi, used to be a good friend of mine too even as he was, as he still is, [...]

Nuts and bananas

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2019-07-15T18:41:43+02:00Mon, 15th Jul '19, 18:41|

On his Facebook page, Frank Portelli is on one of his mad rants. His latest obsession is the idea that he “knows” Daphne Caruana Galizia got paid — he says something about a million euro though it is not entirely clear who paid the million to whom — to write about someone. Or something. Or [...]

Diary clash

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2019-07-15T11:27:58+02:00Mon, 15th Jul '19, 11:24|

When one organises an event they ought not to expect the rest of the country to clear their decks. At around 7.30pm of the 16th of every month since October 2017, civil society organisations and groups have gathered in Republic Street, Valletta to renew their protest after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The 16th [...]

33,900 people sign petition calling for independent inquiry into killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2019-07-15T10:59:34+02:00Mon, 15th Jul '19, 10:59|

An online petition calling for an independent inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia has so far raised just shy of 34,000 signatures. The petition, on change.org, was started by veteran Italian journalist Sandro Ruotolo and anti-mafia journalist Paolo Borrometi. Both journalists live under armed guard because of threats on their life by organised [...]

We have a walnut

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2019-07-15T10:31:09+02:00Mon, 15th Jul '19, 10:30|

You first read it here, but it is now official. Kurt Farrugia, affectionately known as the coconut, is moving to Malta Enterprise as its CEO. Given that this is the second time this has happened, we can suspect a pattern emerging of the promotion of Malta's foreign direct investment becoming a retirement home for prime [...]

Repubblika request for Chief Justice recusal denied

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2019-07-15T10:13:35+02:00Mon, 15th Jul '19, 10:13|

Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi has today refused Repubblika’s request for him to recuse himself from hearing the appeal in the case filed by the civil rights NGO on judicial appointments. The request was made in a setting last Monday when lawyers for Repubblika Jason Azzopardi and Simon Busuttil argued that the Chief Justice was conflicted [...]

Don’t trust Carmelo Abela with a lie

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2019-07-13T12:21:13+02:00Sat, 13th Jul '19, 12:21|

It’s a perverse criticism I grant you. But Carmelo Abela cannot cover up for someone else’s lies to save his own life. He’s been here before. When he was home affairs minister he burst the bubble of all the nudging and the winking about whether Joseph Muscat and Matteo Renzi had some under the counter [...]