The head of the MEP delegation currently visiting Malta said that it wrings her heart to see all the hatred expressed against murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and her family. The monitoring delegation is part of the Justice and Civil liberties committee of the European Parliament. Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola too is part of the committee. MEP Ana Gomes was left out of the delegation after pressure form the Socialist group.
Sophie In’t Velt explained that in the meetings with the Maltese delegations, the MEPs discussed the issue of the Daphne Memorial at the Great Siege Monument. She said that the MEPs were clear that a solution for ‘the natural expression of grief’ is found by the Authorities.
Turning her guns on to the police investigation of the murder, Sophie in’t Velt said that the least she expects is for the police to question the politicians mentioned in Daphne’s Running Commentary blog. In this context she paralleled the case to that of Jan Kucak, a Slovak investigative journalist, also murdered, a few weeks after Daphne Caruana Galizia was slain.
Forbearing to comment on the Egrant inquiry ‘due to lack of access to information’ Sophie In’t Velt said that there is a palpable lack of trust in the authorities which needs to be addressed. She said that they were given the impression that there is lack of clarity, even confusion as to who is responsible to open an investigation: Police or Judiciary?
Labour media, One News asked Liberal MEP Sophie In’t Velt if she was neutral. She replied that she was neutral to the country and the members of the delegation are made up of the four major groups in the European Parliament. MEP Roberta Metsola then chimed in saying that Minister Konrad Mizzi did not accept to meet the delegation and insisted that the European Parliament is still seeking answers from the minister as to the details of his secret Panamanian company.
German Green MEP Sven Giegold said that there was as yet no conclusion on Minister Konrad Mizzi and OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. As the only economist in the delegation, Giegold said that his particular interest was in the financial and economic situation of Malta and related issues such as money laundering. He expressed doubts as to whether the MFSA was operating without undue pressure. He said that there are already blockchain operators who are servicing the market without due diligence to legal conformity having been carried out. Referring directly to Satabank, he said that the losses registered by this bank had been immediately passed on to the clients.