AD/PD call for public inquiry into organised crime

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Alternattiva Demokratika and Partit Demokratiku are insisting on a public inquiry into organised crime, questioning whether the apparent impunity it enjoyed was the result of infiltration of Malta’s two largest political parties.

The two parties, which are in the process of merging into a single party by the name of AD/PD, raised their concerns in reaction to an article by the Sunday Times of Malta, which reported that a Maltese shipping agent is believed to be involved in a multimillion-euro drug smuggling operation. This, in turn, came to light after the US had imposed sanctions on companies and individuals alleged to form part of this operation.

AD/PD highlighted that the report pointed towards the possibility of collusion between organised crime and elements of local police, stating that if proven, this would be a sure-fire sign that Maltese institutions may have been infiltrated with little or no difficulty. They thus questioned whether the PN and the PL were enabling international organised crime networks through their inaction.

The two parties recalled that a private members’ bill was tabled by independent MPs Godfrey Farrugia and Marlene Farrugia in October 2018 – they were part of the PD at the time – for the establishment of an internationally-led body focusing on combating organised crime in the Central Mediterranean. But neither PL nor PN supported this motion, they lamented.

They questioned why the two main parties were ignoring the elephant in the room, and said that the “suspicion of direct or indirect infiltration by international organised crime into important elements of the two larger parties seems to be the only remaining explanation why the two parliamentary parties and the state authorities are conveniently looking the other way.”

AD and PD thus called for a public inquiry to determine what action has been taken so far, to expose alleged criminal links to the police and ask why no further action has been taken.