Family lawyer Daphne Caruana Galizia and PN MP Jason Azzopardi accused Joseph Muscat of using his recent interview with The Times of Malta to give legal advice to murder suspect Yorgen Fenech.
“The more I think about what Muscat said, and why, in his interview with Herman Grech, which was nothing new from a journalistic point of view, the more I become convinced that he is part of an evil conspiracy. , orchestrated and Masonic, ”Azzopardi mentioned.
“Just as Alfred Sant had led a campaign to discredit Żeppi l-Ħafi after having benefited from a presidential pardon to testify to the [stabbing] by Richard Cachia Caruana, Joseph Muscat now publicly attacks the credibility of Melvin Theuma.
“He went further by assisting Yorgen Fenech in his preparations to open another constitutional case, with the help of a foreign lawyer who had represented Gaddafi, in a desperate attempt to evade justice.
In his interview, Muscat dealt several blows to the credibility of the public inquiry which found the state guilty of having created a state of impunity which allowed the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
He asked why the public prosecutor had been kept out of the public inquiry, while lawyers for Caruana Galizia’s family were allowed to participate.
“I don’t know why this happened, but we are in a situation where the state is accused, the family is making their observations and the state not only stepped in, but said they stayed in. ignorance during the procedure, ”Muscat says.
He also said he had “no doubt” that the findings of the investigation were prematurely disclosed to the opposition, arguing that two days before the investigation was published, PN chief Bernard Grech called to the implementation of its recommendations.
“The terms of reference did not cite recommendations,” Muscat said.
The former prime minister then targeted Joseph Said Pullicino, former chief justice and one of the three members of the commission of inquiry.
Muscat referred to a recent article by lawyer and former PL deputy chief Joe Brincat, which claimed that Said Pullicino condemned state ties to the Caruana Galizia murder on behalf of outgoing mediator Anthony Mifsud in the mediator’s annual report 2019.
“I am now shocked to read an article by Dr. Joe Brincat that the former Chief Justice previously spoke on the issue in a report he wrote for the Ombudsman. And the findings of that report are practically reproduced in the investigation, ”Muscat said.
“I have nothing against Said Pullicino but I am just pointing out something that Joe Brincat said, that he did not refute”,
He recounted how Caruana Galizia’s family opposed two of the government’s original candidates for the commission of inquiry, Ian Refalo and Anthony Abela Medici, on the grounds of an alleged conflict of interest.
Muscat re-searched during the public inquiry claiming he incorrectly quoted something he told them behind closed doors as being said in open court.
“In the investigation, I said I was very angry that the suspected killers appeared to have been informed before they were arrested,” he said.
“They were very closed meetings, and I was angry because people could have died.
Unfortunately, the inquiry quotes that part of my in camera testimony, saying that I said it in public. This is not true, I did not say it openly. This is one of the things that can be minor, but it kicks off the investigation. “
Finally, Muscat argued, as he did on several occasions while he was prime minister, that the public inquiry could damage the criminal case against Fenech.
“I hope legal advice has been sought to ensure that the way this survey has been drafted does not prejudge the criminal case.”
“I am not a lawyer, but I hope advice has been sought. But if we go through the whole process and the case goes to a human rights tribunal that finds the case to be prejudiced, we would have done it all for nothing.
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