The Malta Independent 2 June 2023, Friday
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Updated: Grech blasts PM Abela for taking no action on Rosianne Cutajar

Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 12:12 Last update: about 3 months ago

Opposition Leader Bernard Grech said Wednesday that Prime Minister Robert Abela failed to take action on Whatsapp chat leaks between MP Rosianne Cutajar and alleged Caruana Galizia murder mastermind Yorgen Fenech.

Grech said Cutajar should have been removed much earlier, given previous allegations concerning the former parliamentary secretary.

"I wouldn't have woken up this morning worrying about the next step because she'd be long gone," Opposition leader Bernard Grech said on Wednesday.


Author Mark Camilleri published Cutajar’s unredacted intimate chats with Fenech. 

A judge has ordered an investigation into possible contempt of court proceedings after the publication of the exchange.

The PN leader accused the Prime Minister of being "trapped and weak" for failing to take decisive action.

Speaking at a press conference, Grech said that a magisterial inquiry in the Jean Paul Sofia case won’t uncover the whole truth, especially if that land was not meant to be given for the kind of development undertaken or if there were any shortcuts taken.

Grech said he continues to ask Robert Abela why is he keeping back from establishing a public inquiry. What is worrying him to ignore the calls for justice to be done? Grech asked

During the press conference, Grech listed the shortcomings of the incumbent government, from the recent Steward ruling to the massive court delays, amongst many other failings. The court in a ruling nullified the hospitals contracts awarded in a damning ruling which read that the concessionaires acted "fraudulently,” rescinding the deal.

In reference to the Steward ruling, Grech said that “Abela began to realise that the people are getting angry, despite the fact that he can be considered Steward’s defender in Parliament.”

Grech said that Abela can be summed up with a pithy statement: “paroli si, fatti no.”

“Whenever there’s corruption, however, the government is sure to act to steal millions from the public coffers,” said Grech.

Grech also spoke about the court delays, wherein courts take much too long to process cases owing to the lack of court personnel and government investment in this struggling sector.

“The Prime Minister and the Justice Minister blame the courts and the court workers for these delays,” said Grech.

Grech also said that the inquiry into the femicide of Bernice Cassar was “hidden for a whole month before it was surreptitiously released on the eve of the release of the Steward judgment, in order to try to cover it up.”

Grech said that when it comes to economic matters, “Abela grows an economy of quantity rather than quality, focusing on the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and vulnerable.”

“The Prime Minister is not on the side of the people when it comes to issues concerning justice, the environment, healthcare, and the economy. The man on the street is remembered only once every 5 years, when it comes to time to vote,” said Grech.

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