Yorgen Fenech indicted for complicity in the wilful homicide of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2021-08-18T10:18:40+02:00Wed, 18th Aug '21, 10:18|

The Attorney General has filed in court today the indictment against Yorgen Fenech paving the way for a trial for his involvement in the killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017. The indictment was filed as the criminal court presided by Judge Giovanni Grixti was considering a request by Yorgen Fenech for release on [...]

Self-service capital punishment

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2021-08-18T10:10:13+02:00Wed, 18th Aug '21, 10:10|

It must be the easiest PR job in the world to discredit a convicted felon. If your whistle-blower resided in a prison, the likelihood that they are lifetime victims of injustice is extremely slim if you’re not watching a cheap Hollywood trope. But only convicted felons can be the victims of prison abuse. They are [...]

How many Afghan refugees are we going to welcome to Malta?

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2021-08-17T11:34:57+02:00Tue, 17th Aug '21, 11:34|

The collapse of the erstwhile West-protected regime of Afghanistan has made it to the chatter on Maltese social media. Nothing like another excuse for instant just-add-water experts to regale us with their wisdom. Well we can’t march onto Kabul, pacify Kandahar, smoke al Qaeda out of their pockets in the mountains, and bring democracy to [...]

UPDATED: Boss on the loose

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2021-08-17T11:46:58+02:00Tue, 17th Aug '21, 11:02|

UPDATED: 17 August 2021, 11:45 Read reports of the release of Jordan Azzopardi accused of “masterminding a nationwide drug distribution network and facing 15 charges which include trafficking heroin, cocaine and cannabis”. He’s been in prison in preventive custody since he was arrested in 2019. The police believe he’s a drug lord and the evidence [...]

GUEST POST: Tolerance is a virtue

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2021-08-16T08:58:48+02:00Mon, 16th Aug '21, 08:58|

December 16, 2019. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi A new face in politics, PN candidate Alex Borg, has declared “wholehearted condemnation” of the anti-corruption group Repubblika and the youth group Civil Society Network, describing them as “irrelevant” to his work. Dr Borg shared a Facebook poll by Civil Society Network which asked whether a [...]

Daphne

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2021-08-17T11:06:26+02:00Mon, 16th Aug '21, 08:45|

The following is a statement by Repubblika, #occupyjustice and this website. Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated two hundred weeks ago. We recall that no one has yet been charged in court for the corruption that led to her assassination. Nor has anyone of the police officers and other people in authority been charged for obstructing [...]

16 August: Vigil for Truth and Justice

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2021-08-15T09:52:24+02:00Sun, 15th Aug '21, 09:52|

Join us in Great Siege Square tomorrow 16 August at 7pm. Because unless we do something about it, they have every intention of getting away with Daphne's murder. The speakers tomorrow are Becky D'Ugo from #occupyjustice, Neil Falzon from Aditus, and Alessandra Dee Crespo from Repubblika. We'll be gathering for an in-person vigil in Valletta [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: How to get away with murder

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2021-08-15T09:44:05+02:00Sun, 15th Aug '21, 09:44|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Zammit Lewis does not contest the facts. He can’t. Too many people have seen his exquisitely tender messages. But defending a person widely suspected to have bribed your colleagues while having a relationship with them behind the public’s back is not, Zammit Lewis insists, a resignation matter; [...]

Inconvenient republicans

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2021-08-14T12:53:48+02:00Sat, 14th Aug '21, 09:37|

The campaign to elbow Repubblika out of existence continues apace. Consider this article on the Labour Party’s English-language website. The contradictions are as familiar as they are obvious. Repubblika, the article posits, represents a hostile take-over of the non-governmental sector by pretend-independents who are really agents of the Nationalist Party. Look at them, the article [...]

There’s a difference

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2021-08-12T22:10:16+02:00Thu, 12th Aug '21, 15:41|

There are times when even I am too tired for outrage. I followed the court updates as Yorgen Fenech’s lawyer Charles Mercieca “grilled” Matthew Caruana Galizia in cross examination today. I’m not giving you a blow-by-blow account because you can read it elsewhere. It’s all really summed up in the line Charles Mercieca threw at [...]

The ninth chasm

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2021-08-12T10:40:08+02:00Thu, 12th Aug '21, 10:40|

Nothing fills gaps in the agenda of political parties than stories of divisions in the party they oppose. For that to work they must set a scene of a Leviathan, a behemoth that properly incorporates everyone who is not them. The line used to be ‘min mhux magħna, kontra tagħna’. Those who are not Labour, [...]

Another reason why we don’t have Electrogas prosecutions

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2021-08-12T09:28:35+02:00Thu, 12th Aug '21, 09:28|

L-orizzont today rushed in defence of the only person they like in the Nationalist Party, Adrian Delia. They mocked Repubblika’s remark that should allegations that Adrian Delia conspired with Yorgen Fenech while Parliament was debating his ownership of 17 Black he should withdraw from politics for good. L-orizzont said this was part of Repubblika’s silly [...]

MONEY MAGAZINE: Sacking Malta and Gozo

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2021-08-12T08:39:02+02:00Thu, 12th Aug '21, 08:39|

This is my article in this month's Money Magazine: In March 2019, four months after the world learnt that Yorgen Fenech owned the company that Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi’s accountants told Mossack Fonseca was their “target” to pay them, with others, $2 million for no reason whatsoever, the chief executive at the Planning Authority, Johann [...]

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