The Malta Independent 22 February 2024, Thursday
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NGO says ‘incestuous relationship between political and business interests’ of great concern

Saturday, 25 March 2023, 09:49 Last update: about 12 months ago

Moviment Graffitti said Saturday it finds itself deeply concerned about the past days’ events, that have further exposed the precarious situation of the government.

The interactions seen in the leaked chat logs between Yorgen Fenech and Rosianne Cutajar confirm what the NGO said it has long insisted – that there exists an incestuous relationship between political and business interests. The relationship between these two people, while wholly inappropriate and deserving of sanction, is just the tip of the iceberg. Moreover, it confirms that a chunk of our political class is in politics purely for personal gain, pigging out at the people’s expense, the NGO said.

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There will be no better future for Malta and its people until politics is cleaned of the influence of those with money. This applies regardless of who is in government, as this is a systemic issue and action must go further than just the removal of a few bad actors, the statement added.

The Malta Police Force has betrayed its duty towards the public; the lack of prosecutions seen over recent years despite magistrates’ orders and evidence in hand shows that it cannot be trusted to serve the public interest, the statement said.

The same can be said for the Attorney General, whose incompetence shows gross ineptitude at best, and corrupt collusion at worst. In case after case, criminals are let loose, charge sheets are riddled with mistakes, and, again, the public interest is not served. The speed with which the Attorney General acted to comply with the demand to prosecute Mark Camilleri stands in stark contrast to the slow pace it has adopted in almost every other case.

Similarly, it was recently revealed that the police have dragged their feet in searching Enemalta’s offices in relation to the scam of the Montenegro wind farm, which cost the public millions.

We have seen these inexplicable delays in an endless amount of cases, with those of Sion Grech and Bernice Cilia being a recent reminder. Yet these cases are only a fraction of the myriad of injustices due to technicalities and persistent delays in our criminal justice system. 

It has become abundantly clear that these institutions have been hijacked and no longer serve the public. They serve the government and act on the government’s demands, the NGO said.

We have absolutely no faith in the leadership of the Malta Police Force and the Office of the Attorney General, who have continuously failed the people of Malta, Graffitti said.

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