Prime Minister, oh do please cover your nose.

2020-09-22T08:54:29+02:00Tue, 22nd Sep '20, 08:52|

At the Independence Day mass yesterday, Prime Minister Robert Abela had everyone cover their nose and mouth. He didn't personally put masks on people. But his government, the one he's the chief executive of, is telling us that whenever we're in the same room with people we don't live with day and night, we must [...]

Underlying conditions

2020-09-22T08:35:37+02:00Tue, 22nd Sep '20, 08:35|

The official government mouthpieces report the mounting death toll of the coronavirus epidemic in old people's homes with the plain ordinariness of cheap vanilla. We are told the dead were in their 70s, 80s or 90s suggesting that their lease was about to expire in any case. And a medical convenience has been coined reporting [...]

And the sweet

2020-09-22T14:50:46+02:00Tue, 22nd Sep '20, 07:55|

Of course, there’s no gratitude here for our institutions to have apparently risen out of their slumber and froze Keith Schembri’s accounts now when they should have done that four years ago. But we need to recognise, we have to recognise, that things have come much further than Keith Schembri ever imagined they would even [...]

The bitter

2020-09-22T08:37:04+02:00Tue, 22nd Sep '20, 07:49|

We are of course entitled to feel bitterness. The court order to freeze Keith Schembri’s assets handed down yesterday, was as many entirely correct commenters observed, four years late. Read this pertinent piece by Jacques Rene Zammit on that. There was already enough to justify what happened yesterday when the Panama Papers emerged. Our sanity [...]

Court orders freeze of Keith Schembri’s assets pending money laundering investigations: assets belonging to family and Nexia staff also frozen

2020-09-21T20:35:25+02:00Mon, 21st Sep '20, 19:25|

The Attorney General has obtained a court order today to freeze all assets of Keith Schembri, Joseph Muscat's former chief of staff. The order includes his wife, parents and family, all the companies he owns in the Kasco Group, Brian Tonna of Nexia BT and several staffers at the accountancy firms. The court issued the [...]

GUEST POST: Owen Bonnici. You’re a liar. Sue me.

2020-09-19T09:21:51+02:00Sat, 19th Sep '20, 09:17|

Image by Steve Bonello Art & Illustration. Never mind your facial pruning, but it takes some barefaced cheek to sit in the very building where the Constitutional Court declared that you are a persistent human rights violator, and shamelessly lie about the motive behind your decision to order the cleansing of our makeshift [...]

GUEST POST: Speak some evil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 [...]

Last call to join class action in C-Planet data leak case

2020-09-17T11:45:35+02:00Thu, 17th Sep '20, 11:45|

In the coming days the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation and Repubblika will be filing a lawsuit on the massive data leak scandal from last April. The legal initiative groups persons whose personal data was revealed through the data leak  from the servers of the company C-Planet Solutions Limited and who are seeking justice for the intrusion. [...]

Tomorrow it’ll be Owen’s turn

2020-09-17T11:28:12+02:00Thu, 17th Sep '20, 11:28|

Owen Bonnici is testifying at the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry tomorrow. Maybe he'll explain why he censored on a daily basis the protest in Valletta calling for truth and justice for Daphne until a court declared he was breaching human rights and sowing division in the country. Or maybe he'll explain how he could be [...]

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