The Malta Independent 18 January 2022, Tuesday

Times of London describes Malta as ‘island of corruption’

Friday, 29 November 2019, 09:38 Last update: about 3 years ago

In its leading article today, the Times of London writes that Malta is “riddled with corruption and organised crime”.

Headlining the article as “island of corruption”, the Times of London says that the Prime Minister should not be leading an investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

“Malta’s challenge is not just to complete this investigation and deliver justice for Ms Caruana Galizia and her family,” the Times of London writes.

“It also needs to do so in a way that can restore confidence in the country’s commitment to the rule of law. Many will find it extraordinary that, despite the allegations about his own political associates, Mr Muscat has not taken steps to distance himself personally from the inquiry or to bring in outside investigators to supervise it. As things stand, all of the top officials in the various government agencies and departments involved in the inquiry were appointed by him. He also has the power to decide whether a witness merits a pardon, which critics say is a clear conflict of interest.

“Mr Muscat insists that this is no reason to question the independence of the investigation, which he says he is confident will solve the murder. He also insists that there will be no immunity for anyone implicated in the plot. Opposition parties question this and are demanding that he stand down. It should go without saying that if any of Mr Muscat’s associates are charged with a crime, he must resign. But the cause of justice and urgent task of restoring confidence in Malta would be best served by Mr Muscat recusing himself from any further involvement in the inquiry.”

The article may be read here
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