Not the first time I told him this. This should really be the day Adrian Delia fucks right off.

2021-03-21T11:00:40+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 11:00|

It is remarkable that Adrian Delia tried to take credit for yesterday’s outcome. Let’s just measure the opportunity cost, right? It’s a big if to wonder what things might be if Simon Busuttil did not resign the leadership in 2017 so let’s not even speculate that far. But we can, in our controlled intellectual experiment, [...]

Fit and proper

2021-03-21T10:59:22+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 10:59|

I’m not quite sure what the financial services regulator is waiting for to strike off Zenith, Matthew Pace’s rebranded financial services firm that helped Keith Schembri hide his money. They provided services for grandees like Robert Musumeci and Deo Scerri too but Matthew Pace slept hard last night because of Keith Schembri’s business. Someone at [...]

Equality behind bars

2021-03-21T10:58:33+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 10:58|

The prison director had explained to me how induction into prison works under covid conditions. New prisoners are immediately set up in Division 6, a corner of prison so mediaeval that the Committee to Prevent Torture argues it should be shut down altogether. The miserable area is kept in business as a deterrent like the [...]

Fraudulent irony

2021-03-21T11:42:47+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 10:57|

Think back to October 2018. Parliament. Chris Cardona is sweating. He’s just been caught in a lie. He had told the police and everyone else who cared to listen that France 2’s April 2018 report that he had met one of the Degiorgios before their arrest was false. He didn’t know the Degiorgios. But La [...]

Sleep tight tonight Karl Cini

2021-03-20T19:13:28+01:00Sat, 20th Mar '21, 19:13|

People saw Karl Cini weeping in court today when he realised he's going to be sleeping, if at all, within fart-smelling distance of Yorgen Fenech. It's funny that he seems to be the only one not to have seen this coming. Tomorrow ask to speak to the police and tell them all you know. It's [...]

Mediocrities everywhere

2021-03-20T15:35:14+01:00Sat, 20th Mar '21, 15:35|

Look at this. Some politicians are trying to understand the direction in which the crowd is running so they can chase it, stand before it and lead it. I called out Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando later for realising only today that Keith Schembri was up to no good. He had the benefit of Daphne Caruana Galizia's [...]

Where streets have names

2021-03-20T14:14:35+01:00Sat, 20th Mar '21, 14:14|

Perhaps in response to Chris Cardona's creativity, here's another imaginary street name. After all the Kink Joseph the Great ran the government that's in the dock today.  

Chris Cardona is watching Keith Schembri’s fate

2021-03-20T11:58:06+01:00Sat, 20th Mar '21, 11:58|

On a WhatsApp group chat of Labour Party loyalists, Chris Cardona posted this image this morning. It's not just that it's Simon Busuttil birthday today. It's that some time this afternoon, it would seem, Simon Busuttil's "empty" boxes of evidence filed in 2017, will be kick-starting the prosecution of a criminal gang that took possession [...]

Remember the innocent victims of the mafia

2021-03-20T11:35:46+01:00Sat, 20th Mar '21, 11:35|

On the 21st of March, on the first day of every spring, the Italian anti-mafia NGO Libera marks the day of memory of innocent victims of mafia organisations. The initiative started from the pain of a mother of one of the victims of the Capaci massacre. His name was not mentioned in the initial reporting. [...]

After hours Damascus

2021-03-20T10:55:18+01:00Sat, 20th Mar '21, 10:55|

Here's Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando abandoning the Keith Schembri's ship as it sinks. Think of how many times he called us liars and traitors, how many times he asked us for "the proof", how many times he insulted us, how he attacked protesters calling for the institutions to catch up with Keith Schembri, how he denounced [...]

Here’s some background reading while you wait

2021-03-20T10:50:56+01:00Sat, 20th Mar '21, 10:33|

A series of people are showing up at the police’s economic crimes office for what is reportedly a last session of interrogations before they’re arraigned in court with charges of money laundering and related crimes. I do not have visibility of the charges but it appears by all accounts, including the account of the chief [...]

When they paint Keith Schembri on the ceilings of churches

2021-03-18T17:32:21+01:00Thu, 18th Mar '21, 14:39|

Look how the mighty have fallen. Keith Schembri’s Facebook rant today was a proper squirm-fest. Any day now he’s going to be dragged to a court room and charged with a small fraction of his many responsibilities. We have to start somewhere. Looks like we might. Even Keith Schembri must be right some of the [...]

Wanted: A Minister who hasn’t robbed a bank

2021-03-17T17:02:37+01:00Wed, 17th Mar '21, 17:02|

Issa sew. Robert Abela yesterday said he wanted to clear the air after Vince Muscat told a court a sitting Minister helped him and his gang execute a criminal act. The working theory is that Vince Muscat was referring to the 2010 HSBC bank heist and that Carmelo Abela, then an MP, now a Minister, [...]

We all love Keith Schembri then

2021-03-17T17:06:36+01:00Wed, 17th Mar '21, 15:06|

The general line I try to take is to ignore people like Christian Grima. It didn’t start that way. When he first came back from wherever he was, I thought his motivations were genuine. On that basis I reacted to things he said that did not make sense to me. Then I regretted my reaction. [...]

Whose boss are you anyway?

2021-03-17T09:39:29+01:00Wed, 17th Mar '21, 09:39|

Right. A witness for the prosecution tells an open court that a sitting minister helped out his gang in a criminal action. I suggested yesterday he may have been referring to the 2010 HSBC heist and to Minister Carmelo Abela who at the time was an Opposition MP and a Manager at HSBC. Predictably, microphones [...]

GUEST POST: The attack by the Commissioner for NGOs against Repubblika is unheard of in the civilised world.

2021-03-16T21:46:06+01:00Tue, 16th Mar '21, 21:46|

We did have similar types of repressions during the Mintoff and Mifsud Bonnici dictatorial eras. We all thought that those days were past in Malta. Even with the disgusting economic crimes and mafia-like administration of today going as far as to try to eliminate the voice of civil society is a step too far. After [...]

It is time for Minister Carmelo Abela to make a statement

2021-03-16T16:47:06+01:00Tue, 16th Mar '21, 14:09|

Vince Muscat this morning told an open court that Chris Cardona and another minister currently in office helped him and other accomplices of his gang in a major crime they were involved in. The police were unlikely surprised to hear Vince Muscat say this today. A Times of Malta report last November had already indicated [...]

Surely now, Chris Cardona has a case to answer

2021-03-16T13:03:22+01:00Tue, 16th Mar '21, 13:00|

The police must tell us if Chris Cardona is the subject of a criminal investigation into a separate plot to kill Daphne Caruana Galizia. In court we heard Vincent Muscat give detailed evidence in reply to questions put to him by the Caruana Galizia family lawyer Jason Azzopardi, and in several points corroborated by other [...]

Other people the American Embassy could have nominated for their anti-corruption award

2021-03-16T12:40:24+01:00Tue, 16th Mar '21, 12:38|

The American Embassy in Malta announced their nominee for the US State Department’s award for the person with outstanding achievements in the fight against corruption. Some people that could have been on their short list are: Peter Grech, Ian Abdilla, Kenneth Farrugia, Silvio Valletta, Owen Bonnici, Edward Zammit Lewis, Aaron Bugeja, Anġlu Farrugia, Mario Cutajar, [...]

Is Zammit Lewis taking classes from Musumeci?

2021-03-16T12:40:40+01:00Tue, 16th Mar '21, 11:59|

Edward Zammit Lewis mocked objections to the changes he is proposing to the law that is supposed to provide clarification to the Constitution but will instead turn the Constitution on its head. First, some background. The issue here is about fines imposed by administrative authorities which in respect of money laundering can be hefty. So [...]

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