Karol Aquilina announced he told his party leader he was resigning as shadow minister because he’s been notified he was being charged for a traffic accident from two years ago. Last June, when I realised from a rant by Karl Stagno Navarra, that the police would take the matter up, I looked into it.
You can see from my detailed analysis from the time that I take a very dim view of the accusations.
Read the series here:
Karol Aquilina did the right thing. He cannot protest his innocence whilst occupying a position of political influence. Of course, the struggle for truth and justice has lost a might colonel. And of course, that’s exactly what the people who are doing this to him want to achieve.
They’re turning on us one by one. They don’t want you to speak about Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi and Joseph Muscat, because inevitably that will lead to a discussion about Robert Abela. They want you to speak about Jason Azzopardi and Karol Aquilina. They want you to wonder if Manuel Delia is a misogynist and, trust me, they will find other things about us for you to talk about.
They still speak about Daphne Caruana Galizia’s tax bill. Classic fascist tactic: charge the opposition with crimes and take them out of the way.
In the fourth and last post of the above series I wrote as follows:
“Once again the infrastructure of the state which includes both bent cops and vicious propagandists on party-owned TV are being coordinated to isolate and snuff out an enemy of the corrupt. They will rely on our intuition for objectivity, on our desire to have institutions that can work and protect the innocent from the false accusations of those who lie about them, on waiting until someone accused has their day in court.
“They rely on us assuming that there’s another side to Karol Aquilina’s story and that we should remain detached and objective and neutral and assess both sides of the story before making up our minds.
“But how can we rely on the word of the same police who leave Keith Schembri and Chris Cardona and Konrad Mizzi to roam abroad when they accuse Karol Aquilina of anything? How can we rely on Karl Stagno Navarra – veteran fraudster with enough creditors chasing him to finance the rebuilding of the Titanic – to ‘investigate’ this story as a journalist? How can we rely on One TV, purveyor of spin, lies, and the isolation and demonisation of the Labour Party’s enemies to give us the other side of this coin?
“We are being manipulated in order to be divided as we have been so many times in the past. PN luminaries fell for it before in the cases of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Simon Busuttil.
“But a few of us stood by them whatever the corrupt and the rotten that took over our country threw at them.
“If Karol Aquilina is next, he won’t be alone either.”