So it is the Mafia then

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2020-06-23T20:42:13+02:00Tue, 23rd Jun '20, 19:59|

Evarist Bartolo continued his Dantesque lament about the corruption of his own party but said he would take no lessons from the PN about mafia infiltration. Why? Have there been many state-sponsored murders when the PN was running the country? Evarist Bartolo said only Alfred Sant was serious about fighting the mafia before Robert Abela. [...]

Magisterial inquiry into alleged offer of payments from Yorgen Fenech to Adrian Delia opened

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2020-06-23T15:06:14+02:00Tue, 23rd Jun '20, 15:03|

This website is informed that the police have asked a magistrate to conduct an inquiry into allegations that Yorgen Fenech, charged with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, offered or paid Adrian Delia money to help diminish the chances of David Casa's re-election to the European Parliament. The inquiry is being conducted by Magistrate Doreen [...]

One final question

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2020-06-23T14:28:08+02:00Tue, 23rd Jun '20, 14:28|

Earlier I wrote about Inspector Keith Arnaud’s final line of questioning yesterday while he had Keith Schembri as a witness in the compilation of evidence against Yorgen Fenech. This was a line of questions which I said I felt were more intended to be heard for themselves rather than in expectation of any revelation in [...]

The mote in the PN’s eye

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2020-06-23T15:05:05+02:00Tue, 23rd Jun '20, 14:06|

There was a brief flutter of excitement yesterday when news sites reported that Adrian Delia had asked for an urgent meeting with President George Vella. The Leader of the Opposition had just been named by Keith Schembri that morning and, if my experience is anything to go by, people were hanging on to every update [...]

Kenneth Camilleri’s weird day

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2020-06-23T14:08:28+02:00Tue, 23rd Jun '20, 13:01|

Kenneth Camilleri walked into court yesterday suspected of being a messenger. His name came up late last year when Melvyn Theuma said Kenneth Camilleri visited him at home around the time that he was feeling overwhelmed by the pressure from the Degiorgios to get them out of prison. Melvyn Theuma had been pushing on Yorgen [...]

The IT Crowd

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2020-06-23T12:07:42+02:00Tue, 23rd Jun '20, 12:07|

Alfred Sant always had a way with words. Not in the cheesy chat up lines in a bar sort of way. But in the succinct slogan that sticks. He had this phrase “ħbieb tal-ħbieb” which in its simplicity, and the daring rip off from the English commonplace ‘friends of friends’ came to mean much more [...]

Joseph called

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2020-06-23T11:10:56+02:00Tue, 23rd Jun '20, 11:02|

Through all the contradictions, the lame excuses, the artificial smoke, and the hollow categorical declarations, we learnt some new things from Keith Schembri’s testimony yesterday. The night before Yorgen Fenech tried to make a run for it on his plush yacht, Keith Schembri says he spent 24 minutes on the phone with him trying to [...]

GUEST POST: What price corruption?

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2020-06-22T10:28:32+02:00Tue, 23rd Jun '20, 10:27|

"Corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak and, as we have seen in many countries, where undemocratic and populist politicians can use it to their advantage." – Delia Ferreira Rubio, Transparency International. A few months back, late in 2019, a relative of mine came from Canada to visit. He took [...]

What comes after bringing down an administration

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2020-06-23T10:31:36+02:00Tue, 23rd Jun '20, 10:26|

Photo: Jon Borg I was already in Valletta as protesters gathered outside parliament when I saw headlines reporting on the Ombudsman’s annual report. “Ombudsman: galvanised civil society brought about downfall of disgraced Muscat,” said the MaltaToday. “An organised civil society brought down an administration – Ombudsman,” wrote the Times of Malta. “Organised civil [...]

Edward can’t fix this

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2020-06-23T09:25:59+02:00Tue, 23rd Jun '20, 09:25|

October is almost here. Many have a blank 4 to 6 weeks in the heat of summer between now and then when they don’t plan to do much. Distraction will be easy. Here’s something to worry about while basking in the sun. October ends the extended grace period within which we had to implement the [...]