BREAKING: Keith Schembri frequently called FIAU to call off investigations into Pilatus and other banks, inside source told Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2017-12-20T11:32:50+01:00Wed, 20th Dec '17, 11:32|

Peter Caruana Galizia testified in court today his wife had told him her source inside the FIAU informed her Keith Schembri frequently made calls to the FIAU to tell them not to investigate Pilatus Bank and other private banks. Peter Caruana Galizia was testifying this morning in the case instituted by his family asking the [...]

Must crooks hand themselves in before anything happens?

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2017-12-19T22:43:03+01:00Tue, 19th Dec '17, 22:30|

It is logical and predictable for Labour's parliamentary group to use Adrian Delia as their alibi when confronted by the revelations made by Daphne Caruana Galizia about them. Joseph Muscat will go for a tu quoque moral equivalence retort with much less ammunition. The unanswered accusations Daphne Caruana Galizia made on Adrian Delia are serious [...]

Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?

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2017-12-19T20:15:00+01:00Tue, 19th Dec '17, 20:15|

This was the central theme of Chris Said's excellent speech in Parliament today. This wasn't just any Shakespearean reference. It wasn't just a smart historical link to Henry II and Thomas a Beckett. This was a metaphor. It was the building of a scenario that we have all slowly started to put together as information [...]

And sure enough, they give themselves a blow job

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2017-12-19T19:49:36+01:00Tue, 19th Dec '17, 19:49|

The faint hope that Parliament would instruct the prime minister to order an independent inquiry into the findings and allegations of impropriety and corruption committed by people in public office was very quickly crushed by a government majority that continues to protect the Panama Gang from any investigation into their crimes. In place of Chris [...]

GUEST POST: Presidential humbug

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2017-12-19T19:22:59+01:00Tue, 19th Dec '17, 19:22|

This guest post is by Salvu Felice Pace. I often ask myself when I read any of President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s speeches, is she speaking on behalf of her government or is she just commenting on whatever subject she wants to highlight. On a State occasion such as the celebration of Malta’s Republic Day, conventional [...]

The creaking wheels of justice

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2017-12-19T19:02:18+01:00Tue, 19th Dec '17, 19:02|

At last the evidence of the execution of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia has today started being heard. There will be many hurdles ahead but the process has painfully started. But the more important initiative being taken today in the aftermath of Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination is happening up the road from the Courts [...]

Iċ-Ċiniż was in the Court building less than 48 hours after the killing he’s accused of committing

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2017-12-18T23:48:31+01:00Mon, 18th Dec '17, 23:48|

George de Giorgio, known as iċ-Ċiniż, was in the Court building on the 18th of October, 2017, less than 48 hours after the explosion he is accused of detonating that brutally assassinated Daphne Caruana Galizia. He was appearing as a respondent in a civil dispute against him over property filed by a company owned by [...]

No one today thinks our institutions are working well

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2017-12-18T22:25:31+01:00Mon, 18th Dec '17, 22:25|

I don't think there's design in the current chaos in court in the prosecution of three alleged hired assassins accused of killing Daphne Caruana Galizia. I don't think they have a planned strategy to go through all Magistrates until the time limit to indict them expires and they can walk free. I don't think Magistrates [...]

Labour candidate’s husband alleged to have helped Russia spread propaganda in the West

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2017-12-18T21:29:32+01:00Mon, 18th Dec '17, 21:29|

Read this article in The Guardian today. It's about Kevin Ellul Bonici, husband of Labour candidate Sharon Ellul Bonnici and her replacement on Nigel Farage's staff in the European Parliament. He had been in trouble for distributing Russian propaganda with MEPs delivering books slandering the President of Lithuania, a critic of Vladimir Putin. Now he [...]

Third time lucky?

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2017-12-18T16:44:04+01:00Mon, 18th Dec '17, 16:44|

Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit will be presiding on the third attempt to start the compilation of evidence against the three men accused of executing the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Maybe this is the right time. We live in hope. One will expect the lawyers for the accused to remind Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit that [...]

Two magistrates later

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2017-12-18T13:23:38+01:00Mon, 18th Dec '17, 12:13|

A second Magistrate has today recused herself from hearing the compilation of evidence against the three persons accused of executing the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Today is the thirteenth day of a 30-day limit of time within which a Magistrate must decide there is a prima facie case against them. If that does not [...]

STAR COMMENT: Mit-tajjeb għall-aħjar

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2017-12-18T08:43:09+01:00Mon, 18th Dec '17, 08:43|

I had to bring up here a comment sent by Spa in the comments board of another post. Well, not quite a comment. It's an image: a scan of a comic-strip-style propaganda tool for a Lorry Sant election campaign from 1976 or 1981, I'm not sure which. Quite apart from the iron curtain absurdity of [...]

Hesse Parliament remembers Daphne Caruana Galizia and other journalists killed in the line of duty

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2017-12-18T08:54:17+01:00Mon, 18th Dec '17, 08:35|

The Hesseschen Landtag, the parliament of the German Federal State of Hesse, is honouring journalists who were killed or arrested because of their work with an exhibition of portraits of the journalists. You can view the portraits on the official exhibition website here. Speaking, in German, to Frankfurter Rundschau, Christopher Plass who sits on the [...]

The breakdown of a political marriage

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2017-12-18T08:23:45+01:00Mon, 18th Dec '17, 08:23|

Far be it from me to tell people in an unhappy marriage to stay in it. And the PD-PN alliance, so promising when first announced, had become unhappy after the election result. There are crises marriages do not survive and the humbling defeat of June 2017 was such a crisis. As with all divorces, the [...]

German journalists award Daphne Caruana Galizia with the Prize for Investigative Journalism

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2017-12-16T21:33:05+01:00Sat, 16th Dec '17, 21:33|

Daphne Caruana Galizia has been awarded an honorary Deutscher Reporterpreis for Investigative Journalism by Reporter-Forum in Berlin, Germany. The presentation took place at an awards ceremony this week attended by over 300 reporters and editors from German newspapers like Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Suddeutsche Zeitung and others. In his laudatory speech for Daphne [...]

#occupyjustice statement on today’s activity

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2017-12-16T21:51:47+01:00Sat, 16th Dec '17, 21:28|

Two months to the day when the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was brutally assassinated by a car bomb, #occupyjustice activists organized a Mass at the chapel in Bidnija, just up the road from where the bomb that killed her went off. The Mass was open to the public and was also attended by members of [...]

TGI Iced Buns Day

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2017-12-16T09:10:45+01:00Sat, 16th Dec '17, 09:10|

Chris Cardona needs to keep his friends close. He has just confirmed his colleague Helena Dalli’s son Luke to chair the Copyright Board. We know that Luke’s mummy wants to be sure her boys are nicely set up on government sinecures. But it helps having a little extra on the side. This complements the other [...]

Two months

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2017-12-18T12:13:10+01:00Sat, 16th Dec '17, 08:01|

I met your family these last two months. I met your sons: smart, strapping, strong and silent. You have left a legacy of industriousness and courage which is as rare as yours was. It is a cliché to say you must be proud. But talking to someone who has been dead for two months is [...]

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