The Malta Independent 15 November 2018, Thursday

‘Another dirty lie’ – PM denies sending children to school abroad; Muscat labels it 'fake news'

Friday, 9 November 2018, 13:50 Last update: about 5 days ago

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has denied that his two children are receiving their education abroad, as is being alleged on the social media.

The story on the Prime Minister's children being sent to a school abroad is another dirty lie on the Muscat family, a spokesman for the PM told The Malta Independent when asked to verify or deny what had been uploaded on social media groups, and repeated on Facebook by Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi.

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Azzopardi questioned how the Prime Minister could afford “€70,000 annual tuition fees for his kids” on a salary of €65,000 a year, going on to also mention the PM’s “€12,000 one-week jaunt in Dubai”. Azzopardi went further by saying this is proof of “a corrupt Prime Minister receiving kickbacks”. Azzopardi uploaded this comment after posts on the social media said that the PM’s children were attending Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.

But, when asked by The Malta Independent about this claim, the OPM dismissed it as being an outright lie.

“The PM's children have not changed and are not changing their school.  It is mindboggling how PN politicians repeat these lies without verifying them, especially when they go to the extent of saying that the PM’s children will be schooled in the United Kingdom,” the spokesman said.

“These PN politicians are the same people who were part of a smear campaign against the Prime Minister’s family, and which was since proven to be false.  It is a real shame they have not learnt anything from the PM's resolve in not dragging any politician's family in the political arena, especially when these are complete fabrications.”

The spokesman was referring to the Egrant saga, with PN politicians including Azzopardi, insisting that a company opened in Panama belonged to the Prime Minister and his wife Michelle, with a magisterial inquiry later finding no connection whatsoever.

My children do not attend school abroad and there is no intention for them to do so

Speaking to journalists on Friday night, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he has no idea where Azzopardi got the story from: “My children attend a private school in Malta for which I pay the relevant fees and for which I have the receipts.

“Hundreds other people pay these fees and they come nowhere close to €70,000. My children do not attend school abroad and there is no intention for them to do so.

“I have no problem with fake news, I am used to it but the fact that an opposition member gives it credibility, quoting it and taking it as something true I cannot understand.”

 

 

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