The Malta Independent 22 September 2021, Wednesday

Watch: If the PM does not dismiss Zammit Lewis, apology he made last week would mean nothing - NGO

Tuesday, 3 August 2021, 20:22 Last update: about 3 months ago

Calls for the dismissal of Edward Zammit Lewis from his ministerial post continued on Tuesday evening, as Repubblika held a protest outside the Justice Ministry.

 "On his Wikipedia page, Minister Edward Zammit Lewis describes himself as being one of the few technocratic Ministers in the country. He does not describe himself as he described the labourites who voted for him."

Aquilina was making reference to chats between the minister and Yorgen Fenech, the man accused of masterminding the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Last week, reports by MaltaToday and the Times of Malta on Sunday shared details about the Whatsapp chats between the businessman and the now Justice Minister - with one report showing how Zammit Lewis referred to Labour voters as 'Ġaħan' (fools) and another showing how Zammit Lewis had spoken with Fenech soon after he addressed a PL press conference ridiculing then PN leader Simon Busuttil's attempts to get the 17 Black company - which belongs to Fenech - investigated.

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The chats occurred before Fenech was accused of the murder, but after it was revealed that he was the owner of 17 Black.

Repubblika took a book of Ġaħan to his ministry. "Better a Ġaħan than a criminal" is what they wrote on the book, Aquilina said.

"If Prime Minister Robert Abela does not dismiss you immediately, the apology he made last week would be nothing but 'poses'; if Abela does not dismiss you immediately it shows that he has zero political competence."

 "You knew what Fenech was involved in," Aquilina said with reference to 17 Black.

"How are you still a minister," he asked.

He criticised Zammit Lewis for having held a press conference hitting out at Busuttil, and then talking to Yorgen Fenech about it, celebrating as there wasn't going to be an investigation.

Aquilina said Fenech had many friends in government, including Keith Schembri, Rosianne Cutajar and Joseph Muscat.

"The Prime Minister must show that he has truly wants to change route." He invited Abela to go on TV and say that Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed due to the overwhelming corruption under the PL  government.

Aquilina said speeches about national unity mean nothing if "we remain with the same people in leadership who the inquiry found responsible for the murder."

He said that the world is watching Malta.

"We believe our country deserves better."

The protestors said that Zammit Lewis should not be in Cabinet, nor should Rosianne Cutajar be in the Parliamentary Group. Konrad Mizzi shouldn't be in Parliament and Joseph Muscat should not be in the PL.

Repubblika said that nobody has been charged in relation to Pilatus Bank, the Panama Papers, the Montenegro scandal, among others, calling for prosecutions

 "Prime Minister if you, like the person before you, only listen to protests in the street, you will have protests," he said, while calling for action to be taken by the Prime Minister.

Photos Miguela Xuereb - Newsbook

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