EU politicians say they & # 39; have serious concerns & # 39; about the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in Malta
The head of an EU mission to Malta said she & # 39; has serious concerns & # 39; about the fact that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat remains in office during an investigation into the murder of a journalist.
Dutch MEP Sophie in & # 39; t Veld, who led the European Parliament's fact-finding mission in the Mediterranean archipelago, said she was concerned about & # 39; Mr Muscat's stay, despite the politician's claim that he would resign after 12 January.
& # 39; We are concerned about the integrity of the murder investigation & # 39 ;, said Ms. In & # 39; t Veld, who has examined doubts about the independence of the judiciary and has investigated allegations of high-level corruption along with six others MEPs.
The comments come in the midst of an investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia 2017, which was killed in a car bomb attack near her home. The journalist, described as a & # 39; one-woman WikiLeaks & # 39;, was known to expose favoritism and sleaze within the political and business elite of Malta.
Dutch MEP Sophie in & # 39; t Veld, who led the European Parliament's fact-finding mission in the Mediterranean archipelago, said she was worried about & # 39; Joseph Muscat remaining in position & # 39;
Three men are tried for the murder of the mother of three, but those who ordered the murder remain a mystery.
An increasing flow of mass protests has prompted Mr. Muscat (45) to immediately withdraw from what critics have called a failed investigation into the auto-bomb attack amid widespread allegations of corruption.
Malta's main opposition party also said it would boycott Parliament on Monday until Mr Muscat resigns.
& # 39; We are very concerned about what we have seen or heard in the last two days & # 39 ;, added Mrs. in & # 39; t Field.
Ms. in & # 39; t Veld (photo) added after the two-day mission in Malta: & # 39; We are concerned about the integrity of the murder investigation & # 39;
The prime minister (photo) announced on Sunday that he would quit as leader of the ruling Labor party on January 12 and that & # 39; resigned as prime minister & # 39;
The Maltese Prime Minister has been accused of obstructing justice by protecting political allies and assistants. Last week his chief of staff Keith Schembri and Minister of Tourism Konrad Mizzi resigned.
Mrs. Caruana Galizia claimed that Schembri and Mizzi were involved in corruption, claims that both men denied.
Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech, who was arrested while trying to leave on his hunt, has been accused of complicity in the murder.
The comments come in the midst of an investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017 (photo), who was killed in a car bomb attack near her house
Fenech has claimed that Schembri is the & # 39; real brain & # 39; was behind the murder, according to police sources.
The former chief of staff was arrested last week but released two days later, which fueled accusations of a cover-up.
& # 39; We do not want any risk or even an perceived risk that the investigation will be compromised in any way & # 39 ;, said In & # 39; t Field. & # 39; There must be absolute confidence in the process and I think that when he (Muscat) is in office, there is no such confidence. & # 39;
Mrs. Caruana Galizia's family has long insisted on the resignation of Muscat and claims that he has protected the people around him.
Last week, the Special Rapporteur of the Council of Europe, Pieter Omtzigt, also called the Labor PM to & # 39; as quickly as possible & # 39; to resign.
The prime minister announced on Sunday that he would quit on January 12 as leader of the ruling Labor party and that he would resign as prime minister & # 39; in the following days.
During their two-day visit to the Mediterranean archipelago, MEPs met Maltese leaders, as well as rights groups and journalists.
& # 39; We are receiving very disturbing signals about the safety of journalists & # 39 ;, In & # 39; t Veld said Thursday.
Muscat (third from the left) has been accused of obstructing justice by protecting political allies and assistants
People hold placards and photos of killed journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on 29 November a protest started by the family and civil movements of Galizia
& # 39; I am very annoyed to see that the hate campaign against certain people and especially the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia has not stopped, and that should stop. & # 39;
German MEP and delegate Sven Giegold noted progress in the murder investigation, but hurled what he thought was a & # 39; culture of impunity & # 39; mentioned in Malta.
& # 39; There is still a culture of impunity for corruption and money laundering, & # 39; said Giegold.
& # 39; There are hardly any police investigations or even convictions, even though there are convincing indications in the public domain. & # 39;
Timeline of murder of Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
Car bomb – October 16, 2017
Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
On October 16, 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia is killed in a car bomb on her vehicle, not far from her house in the north of the island.
At the age of 53, she was known for investigating high-level corruption, including contributing to the Panama Papers 2016 data breach.
Her murder causes an outpouring of grief on the island, one of her sons accusing Muscat of having complicity and Malta a & # 39; mafia island & # 39; to make.
On December 4, 2017, authorities arrest eight people for the murder.
Costs – July 16, 2019
On July 16, 2019, three suspects are formally charged with the murder: the Alfred and George Degiorgio brothers, as well as Vince Muscat, all in their fifties.
The brain has not yet been identified.
On 20 September, the government announced a public inquiry into the murder, just before the Council of Europe's three-month deadline for launching such an investigation.
Legal immunity – 20 November 2019
On November 20, the Maltese police arrest tycoon Yorgen Fenech in connection with the murder while sailing away from Malta on his yacht.
Fenech owns a Dubai company called 17 Black, of which Caruana Galizia had reported that it had ties with the government.
The arrest comes one day after the prime minister promises to forgive an alleged intermediary if he mentions the person who commissioned the murder.
On 23, Fenech demands legal immunity before revealing what he knows about the case. He is released on bail three days later.
Ministers stop – November 26, 2019
On November 26, Muscat's chief of staff, Keith Schembri, and his tourism minister, Konrad Mizzi, will resign. They were accused by Caruana Galizia of being involved in corruption, which they denied.
Economy Minister Chris Cardona says he & # 39; is suspending himself & # 39 ;.
Schembri is arrested, but released two days later without charge, which led to accusations of a cover-up. Some sources claim that Schembri was the brain behind the murder of Caruana Galizia.
Premier will resign – November 30, 2019
On November 30, party sources say Muscat will resign on January 18 as soon as the people behind the murder of Caruana Galizia have been charged
& # 39; He has always said he will be leaving soon and he feels it is time to leave now, & # 39; said a party source.
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