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Updated: Adrian Delia does not understand what he is doing anymore - PL; PN replies

Giulia Magri Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 13:22 Last update: about 2 months ago

We cannot understand what Opposition Leader Adrian Delia is trying to do, and now it shows that he himself cannot understand what he is doing either, said MP Robert Abela today.

Abela was speaking at a press conference following a ruling by the First Hall of the Civil Court which denied Delia’s request to be granted access to the full copy of the Egrant inquiry report.

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Delia had filed the case after the conclusions from Magistrate Aaron Bugeja's inquiry on the ownership of the secret Panamanian company Egrant were published in July last year. The inquiry did not find evidence that the company Egrant belonged to Muscat or his wife as had been alleged by Daphne Caruana Galizia.

“The Egrant court case will go down as the biggest lie of the century,” Abela said.

He said that this court case reflects an important decision the island must take on the 25th May. “The choice between Adrian or Joseph; the Prime Minister who is always on the fair and right side, or the Leader of the Opposition who is on the wrong side.”

He said that the Court had informed Delia that throughout the whole case Delia was making mistake after mistake; and that now Delia will be facing numerous questions from the party and people.

MP Edward Zammit Lewis stressed that the Egrant frame-up is the biggest lie in Maltese political history. “In aspects of politics, it is extremely embarrassing that the Prime Minister and his family had to go through this inquisition, and had brought a period of unsustainability to the island.” He added that what both former PN leader Simon Busuttil and Delia continued showing double standards throughout the accusations. “Delia constantly changed his decisions from one minute to the next; the country should never forget this court case.”

He said that we have two important elections coming up and that the population does not forget this frame-up. “25th May will reflect that the Prime Minister has his mind set on the Maltese population and that the Nationalist Party did everything to hurt the Prime Minister and his family, and indirectly on each and every person in our country.”

For the Nationalist Party the Egrant Case is still wide open

If Joseph Muscat believes the Egrant case is closed, for the Nationalist Party, it is still wide open, said MP Jason Azzopardi.

“The Nationalist Party will continue to demand for the publication of this report in the interest of the public who have every right to know what is in this report.” He said that the Party have proposed in Parliament that chosen members from each party should come together to discuss and implement what the Venice Commission Report and Greco Report state. “These reports show that Malta is going through a crisis; and that we should take these reports and implement the necessary changes to our laws so that we can improve as a country.”

MEP candidate David Casa questioned why the Prime Minister denies access to the Egrant Report. “We have a Prime Minister who continues to defend Konrad Mizzi and Kieth Schembri, who are both being criminally investigated. A Prime Minister who promised that if they were to be criminally investigated, he would kick them out of the Government; instead he doesn’t stick to his words. Why is he scared of publishing this report?” 

He questioned who Joseph Muscat is hiding from and who is he protecting. He said that the public have the right to ask these questions and the Party will continue to ask them.

 

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