Nationalist Party MP Jason Azzopardi emphasised that Robert Abela has failed to deny allegations linking a sitting minister and a former senior Labour Party official to a serious crime, insisting that “the mafia has found its home in the Labour Party and the government.”
On Saturday’s edition of Andrew Azzopardi on 103, the MP had mentioned that the minister was mentioned by Vince Muscat “il-Koħħu” – one of the three alleged hitmen in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia – in connection with a crime that had taken place previously.
MaltaToday and the Times of Malta have since reported that Labour politician had been linked to the 2010 botched heist on the HSBC headquarters in Qormi, which had culminated in a shootout with police in which no one was injured. According to the reports, the individual is believed to be a former high-ranking Labour politician.
The Times reported that Azzopardi’s claim was in reference to a different politician mentioned by a Muscat associate in connection with the same crime.
Abela accused Azzopardi of seeking to hinder the police’s work, prompting the MP to respond on social media.
“Think about it: why hasn’t he issued a denial? In his place, had you known that this shocking news was untrue, would you still remain silent and deny nothing,” he asked.
Azzopardi charged that the PM has long been comfortable that someone who forms part of his cabinet to his day could have played a part in the 2010 heist in which a number of police officers risked their lives.
“Let’s assume he came to know about this yesterday – he didn’t, but let us do so for the sake of the argument – why hasn’t he summoned every minister, one by one, today, and asked whether they had anything to do with this crime,” he added.
In another Facebook post, reacting to the Times’ report, the MP highlighted how “the time has come for true facts that have long been quietly known to be made public.”
“See how the Labour parliamentary group has become the natural home for hard core criminals,” he said. “Not just for the corrupt and for money launders. But for more, and worse.”