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Ministers 'promised amnesty before election', MP claims

 - Monday, 17 June 2013, 15:08

The Nationalist Party is continuing to insist that the prisoners’ amnesty had been promised before the general election, with MP David Agius today suggesting that ministers Anton Refalo and Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca had personally guaranteed it.

The 100-day amnesty – which is applicable to all prisoners except those convicted of a number of crimes concerning children – was approved by the cabinet earlier this month, and was granted to mark the change in government, according to Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia.

Last week, MPs Jason Azzopardi and David Agius insisted that prisoners and their relatives had been promised by a number of Labour Party politicians that an amnesty would be granted if the party is elected to government.

The government has denied that this was the case, but the PN has stuck to its guns.

The two MPs had promised that further details would be made public in the near future, and in an appearance on Radio 101 today, Mr Agius mentioned the two ministers by name.

He asked Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to confirm or deny that Dr Refalo and Ms Coleiro Preca had promised an amnesty to prisoners, adding that two parliamentary secretaries could also have made such promises.

Mr Agius also questioned whether the amnesty was granted in line with the Labour Party’s beliefs or simply because it had been promised, adding that it was wrong for a political party to exploit vulnerable people for votes.

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Ramon Garcia says:
17 June 2013 20:17

Yet another revelation of the ingann of josephmuscat.con. This year`s General Elections must rank along some of the biggest cons ever in the history of politics. And people who fell for it are already grumbling......after just 100 days.

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Eddy Priviteera says:
17 June 2013 20:43

Ramon: Just wait. There are years still to go. The we'll see what voters say.

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Eddy Priviteera says:
17 June 2013 16:44

So what if the two persons named had promised an amnesty.? they must have been convinced that they would be pressing for an amnesty if elected. And they they would be capable of convincing the cabinet. they have kept their word ! Even Jason Azzopardi had promised the Valletta Monti hawkers, ON THE LAST DAY before the election, that a new PN government would relocate them to Ordnance Street !!!

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JJ Micallef says:
17 June 2013 20:17

Wikipedia aren't you old enough to stop lying?

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Eddy Priviteera says:
17 June 2013 20:41

JJ MIcallef: So easy to write "stop lying". But extremely difficult to prove it Sur Micallef !

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JJ Micallef says:
17 June 2013 21:56

Your reply is in tune with that of serial liars, who hide behind the difficulty of proof. What you would not find on Wikipedia is that I happen to have relatives with stalls. Whilst the PL agreed to move the hawkers to Ordinance Street with no delimitations, the PN agreed to consider Ordinance Street with clear out-of-bounds delimitations that did not go beyond the back  entrance of city gate mall. Obviously PL promise got the vote of hawkers, my relatives included - poor souls.

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George Calleja says:
17 June 2013 15:30

Will Dr.Joseph Muscat answer this accusation tonight when he's about to make a national broadcast on TVM tonight at about 8pm?

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