Playwright Mario Philip Azzopardi has sued me for publishing the script of his play ix-Xiħa which includes a character clearly based on Daphne Caruana Galizia.

I had described the play as “spiteful, full of hate, prejudice, and disturbingly incurable visceral violence”. Mr Azzopardi did not sue me for libel but for what he alleges is a copyright breach for having published his script.

The play, planned for the Manoel Theatre stage for last April, was withdrawn by the Manoel Theatre board after the controversy about its content.

The first hearing of the case against me is due in front of Judge Ian Spiteri Bailey on Monday.