Look, it’s quite simple really. Yorgen Fenech is – in criminal terms – innocent until proven otherwise and all that. We’re not going to presume his guilt until a jury of his peers convicts him.
But we’re not going to wait that long to demand accountability.
There’s no one left for whom it is not clear that Daphne was killed to cover up the corruption in the awarding of the Electrogas power station contract. Some people continue to lie to themselves but that does not mean the facts are not clear to them.
Daphne’s killing could therefore have been prevented if Joseph Muscat had done his job and fired Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi when Daphne first let him know (I am going to allow for the possibility that Joseph Muscat did not know before Daphne did) they set up Panama companies.
When they were found with Panama companies the conclusion should have been obvious to him: they were up to no good. He may not have known exactly what they were up to but he was wrong, completely wrong to try to justify what was manifestly the preparation of a crime. It was like a policeman saying a man climbing through someone else’s window in the middle of the night wearing a mask does not prove he meant to rob that house.
In keeping Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi in office Joseph Muscat created the impunity, the rule of delinquency, the Mafia State that allowed for Daphne Caruana Galizia to be killed.
You know how we spent three years saying Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi should resign or else Joseph Muscat should fire them? That’s over.
Joseph Muscat must resign. Now. If not his boss must fire him. Who’s Joseph Muscat’s boss? His party. His parliamentary group. Parliament.
We no longer turn to Joseph Muscat to ask to preserve the rule of law. It’s obvious he won’t do it. We turn to our last port of call. Parliament. Parliament has the duty to preserve the rule of law. Fire Joseph Muscat. Hire a new prime minister. Start a new government. Let the cleaning begin.