GUEST POST: Speak some evil

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2020-09-19T08:56:57+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 16:34|

At about 2pm on the Friday when he testified in front of the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, I put up this post on Facebook: The post was accompanied by a photo of the simpering minister, who our dashing PM, on his elevation from consultant to his predecessor to consultee to [...]

Omtzigt to Abela: You are interfering with the inquiry and violating the rule of law

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2020-09-19T02:55:36+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 16:27|

The Council of Europe rapporteur monitoring the government’s conduct in the aftermath of the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia told Prime Minister Robert Abela today that if he persists on shutting the public inquiry in December he’d be “violating the principle of separation of powers that is fundamental to the rule of law.” He also [...]

GUEST POST: Hands off the public inquiry

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2020-09-18T15:33:47+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 15:33|

This morning, the three judges composing the Board of Inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia took note of the vitriolic attack against them by Glenn Bedingfield and have included it in the proceedings. This is a just initiative by three persons who have been accepted by both the disgraced Joseph Muscat, on behalf [...]

UPDATED: Julia Farrugia’s pristine corner of the universe

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2020-09-18T22:01:34+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 15:21|

Julia Farrugia Portelli has shifted gears away from her campaign to open Malta for mass parties and the free exchange of covid infections. She is now campaigning against a planned application to develop a horse paddock in the valley that separates Rabat from Mtarfa. Horse paddocks, if you really need to have any, must presumably [...]

GUEST POST: A Prime Minister in denial

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2020-09-18T13:44:28+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 13:44|

I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I like – Oscar Wilde Robert Abela, after a two-month honeymoon of a premiership with photo opportunities aplenty, faced his first ever real test. This happened to be the coronavirus. Admittedly nobody would have liked to step into his boots. The first wave [...]

The diligence due to the PN leadership candidates

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2020-09-18T13:18:39+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 13:18|

I suspect some people expected the PN leadership due diligence process to rule out Adrian Delia from running. I certainly thought it could have, but would not for the political expediency of having him defeated more definitively in the ballot box rather than by a committee of faceless men. But having read the report, I [...]

Judge in Ali Sadr trial, criticises harshly misconduct in US prosecutor’s office

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2020-09-18T13:04:12+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 11:28|

The judge who presided the trial of Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad has criticised harshly the US prosecutor’s office for hiding evidence that should have properly been passed to Ali Sadr’s defence team. The decision follows the withdrawal of charges against Ali Sadr by the US prosecutor earlier this year after his conviction in a court [...]

Simon Mercieca is a menace to society

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2020-09-18T11:14:12+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 11:14|

Dr Simon Mercieca B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A., D.E.A. (Sorb.), Ph.D. (Sorb.), Senior Lecturer of History at the University of Malta, is a public health hazard. I don’t just say that. I’ll give my reasons for it. Yesterday he published this post saying the owner of Xejk TV banned the repeat broadcast of a TV show [...]

When a state is responsible for murder

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2020-09-18T09:40:05+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 09:40|

This week marks the 12th anniversary of a mass-shooting at a university in Finland. A 22-year-old student called Matti Saari, shot and killed ten people at the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences in Kauhajoki, Finland, with a Walther P22 semi-automatic pistol. He died a few hours later in hospital having shot himself in the head. [...]

The Keith Schembri test case: What things may come.

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2020-09-18T08:36:31+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 08:36|

Read this earlier post first. Traditionally, the Attorney General could decide to secretly bury any inquiry and they owed no one an explanation for their decision. Our constitution used to say that in criminal matters the Attorney General is answerable to no one, an unqualified power that may have been abused to protect politicians who [...]

The Keith Schembri test case: The Background.

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2020-09-18T08:31:07+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 08:30|

Let’s take a step back and recall the facts. On 24 April 2017, in the midst of the storm of stories about Egrant and its ownership, Daphne Caruana Galizia published a post headlined “BREAKING/Prime Minister’s chief of staff took kickbacks from Brian Tonna on sale of Maltese citizenship.” She had in an earlier report explained [...]