GUEST POST: The bastards must face trial

2021-08-05T09:53:19+02:00Thu, 5th Aug '21, 09:45|

The public inquiry was clear-cut and unequivocal in its findings: the Maltese State is responsible for the brutal assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The report details a culture saturated in impunity, from its governing politicians to the police force to the judiciary to businessmen to public bodies responsible for safeguarding the interests, needs and very [...]

Top reason Edward Zammit Lewis must go

2021-08-04T10:46:31+02:00Wed, 4th Aug '21, 10:43|

It's not because he spoke of his electorate in offensive terms, describing the average Labour Party supporter as an imbecile. They're right to feel hurt but they can deal with that when it's their turn to vote in the next election. Edward Zammit Lewis had his Ġaħan conversation with a person he described and continues [...]

Have mercy

2021-08-04T10:18:24+02:00Wed, 4th Aug '21, 10:18|

I have often argued that the power of deciding on immunity from prosecution or relief from punishment handed down by courts to acquire witnesses for the prosecution should not be a political decision. Right now ministers decide who gets to be pardoned to turn state’s evidence and who doesn’t, when that decision has a direct [...]

Meantime, Edward Zammit Lewis still needs to be persuaded to resign

2021-08-03T13:12:09+02:00Tue, 3rd Aug '21, 13:11|

Edward Zammit Lewis admits to "friendship" with Yorgen Fenech. He exchanged nearly a 1,000 messages with Yorgen Fenech after Yorgen Fenech was exposed as the owner of 17 Black. With Robert Abela he delivered a press conference mocking Simon Busuttil's efforts in court to have the 17 Black revelations investigated. After that he shared what [...]

After suspension, arrest and prosecution

2021-08-03T13:01:15+02:00Tue, 3rd Aug '21, 13:01|

In June of last year Ian Abdilla was transferred out of the Economic Crimes Unit. Yesterday he was suspended altogether from the police force. The police department says he’ll face PSC proceedings. That’s nowhere near enough. Ian Abdilla is not accused of taking a part-time job without his boss’s permission. He’s not being disciplined because [...]

Ian Abdilla suspended, will face disciplinary investigation

2021-08-03T10:39:16+02:00Tue, 3rd Aug '21, 10:39|

The former chief of the Police’s Economic Crimes Unit, Ian Abdilla, has been suspended from the Police Force and will face investigations under disciplinary rules governed by the Public Service Commission this website has learned. Ian Abdilla was removed from the Economic Crimes Unit last June soon after Commissioner Angelo Gafà took office and was [...]

The ultimate false equivalence

2021-08-03T10:19:19+02:00Tue, 3rd Aug '21, 10:18|

Photo: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (MALTA)(2008) Alfred Sant waved off the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry like a whiff from an open sewer. He criticised the inquiry for shallowness and partiality while he treated its dozens of recommendations and pages upon pages of analysis backed by hundreds of hours of evidence with 80 words on [...]

Edward’s last legs

2021-08-02T14:22:17+02:00Mon, 2nd Aug '21, 14:22|

A government that justifies Edward Zammit Lewis walking out of a Cabinet meeting as he did this morning in possession of any government papers apart from his souvenir copy of his resignation has no intention of implementing the findings of the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry. Edward Zammit Lewis openly admits he was a “friend” of [...]

You kept your lunch down? Let me help you.

2021-08-02T14:39:54+02:00Mon, 2nd Aug '21, 13:49|

Read first my earlier piece about Marie Benoit being feted by Mrs Keith Schembri who was relaunching her brochures for the ultra-rich buying Maltese passports. Now that you're no longer wondering why your face is green, here's a reminder about who Mrs Keith Schembri's new "partner" being mentioned by Marie Benoit is. The name is [...]

I dare you to keep down your lunch

2021-08-02T12:22:50+02:00Mon, 2nd Aug '21, 12:21|

You know how they call us ‘elitist’. How they used to say Daphne disdained the proletariat and that our support for the cause of justice for her came from delusions of Victorian grandeur. Do you remember Keith Schembri, kicking and screaming on his way to Kordin for his two-week sojourn there while he fought for [...]

PODCAST: Cherry-picking

2021-08-02T09:46:35+02:00Mon, 2nd Aug '21, 09:46|

Manuel Delia · Cherry Picking Faced with an inquiry report that damns the failure of State institutions to protect a journalist and prevent her from being killed, Robert Abela’s first speech at a Labour Party engagement is about fixing journalism. He doesn’t propose to fix the attorney general’s office headed by someone damned by the [...]

GUEST POST: The hero and the villains

2021-08-02T09:07:52+02:00Mon, 2nd Aug '21, 09:07|

The state should shoulder responsibility for the assassination. It created an atmosphere of impunity, generated from the highest echelons of the administration in Castille, the tentacles of which then spread to other institutions, such as the police and regulatory authorities, leading to a collapse of the rule of law. - The Daphne Caruana Galizia Public [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The unpresentables

2021-08-01T07:16:20+02:00Sun, 1st Aug '21, 07:15|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Muscat’s cabinet ministers are Abela’s cabinet ministers. The people who have now been convicted by a state organ of enabling a murder, expect that Muscat’s resignation and Abela’s half-hearted apology to be punishment enough and they can go on as if nothing has ever happened. "Their objective [...]

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