The Malta Independent 27 May 2019, Monday

17 Black: Joseph Muscat is 'not telling the truth' – Adrian Delia

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 18:22 Last update: about 6 months ago

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is not saying the truth in anything of what he says related to 17 Black, PN Leader Adrian Delia said in a press conference on Wednesday evening.

Giving what he called a summary of what the Prime Minister had said since news broke on Monday that a magisterial inquiry into 17 Black had been opened, Delia said that Muscat had never said the truth.

On the fact that Muscat said that he is waiting for the conclusions of an inquiry to take a decision on Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi, Delia said that but this is not credible as Muscat is stopping one inquiry with his own appeals, and is saying that the other is an investigation on a company and not on an individual.


Noting Muscat's words that the investigation underway is on a company and not an individual, Delia said that this could not be the case, and questioned how, if he did not know more about the inquiry, Muscat could know that Keith Schembri was not under investigation.

Delia also noted how the Prime Minister is saying that he sees no connection between 17 Black, Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi, and that Muscat was saying this when it is a fact that both Schembri's and Mizzi's Panama companies were to receive €150,000 a month from 17 Black.

The opposition leader noted how in a discussion programme last year, Muscat had said that Keith Schembri would resign if he was under investigation; and yet, Delia said, Schembri now still has not resigned.

Delia said that Joseph Muscat had promised loyalty to the Maltese people and constitution, but that now he is only looking out for the interest of one person; Keith Schembri. 

Delia concluded that Joseph Muscat is taking the Maltese people for a ride but that now, nobody believes him anymore.

PL statement

In a statement, the Labour Party said Adrian Delia was agreeing with the Prime Minister because he said the PN was not saying the inquiry is about Keith Schembri but was only asking who the subject was.

As such, Delia was admitting that the PN’s arguments were based purely on speculation.

It was also clear that Delia was using a different yardstick for others because, when asked if any PN officials under investigation should resign he was using making a different argument.




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