The Malta Independent 19 October 2018, Friday

Watch: ‘Busuttil is living in a parallel universe’ and should substantiate claims - Muscat

Julian Bonnici Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:46 Last update: about 7 days ago

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said that Simon Busuttil appeared to be living in a "fantasy" and a "parallel universe" following his comments during yesterday's heated parliamentary debate that as long as Muscat kept Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi by his side then 'many people out there' will believe that Egrant belongs to him and his wife. Muscat, who was speaking to journalists following a visit to MCAST, was asked to elaborate on calling Busuttil a "fraudster" during the same sitting and on claims that he accused Busuttil of forging the signatures found on the declarations of trust linking Michelle Muscat to the Panama based company Egrant.

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While stressing that he had let emotions get the better of him in Parliament, Muscat said that Busuttil had either "been taken for a ride, or former part of the falsification and attempt to destabilise the country."

He said that Busuttil should shoulder political responsibility, not just by being removed as a PN Spokesperson, but stepping down as a parliamentary representative.

"Who takes part in something that is a lie, that is a forgery, and still continues to say it is true, then he is part of it," he said adding that it was him and his family who were the victims.

Muscat also claimed that several Opposition MPs approached him after the sitting to condemn Busuttil's actions.

The Malta Independent asked Muscat whether it was time an inquiry into the links between all members of parliament and the men alleged to have assassinate journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, given the exposed links between Economy Minister Chris Cardona and one of the accused.

He maintained that any concurrent inquiry with prejudice the one underway, adding that it was impossible to speculate who had a connection merely due to their profession.

Muscat said that he had "heard a lot of stories from lawyers of both sides", particularly criminal lawyers, who had "appeared for one person or another".

He then explained that this was a question about whether the country should continue to have part-time or full-time MPs, something he said would be discussed in the coming months.

 


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