Azzopardi asks Standards Czar to investigate allegations against him

Jason Azzopardi
Ritratt: Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has been asked to investigate allegations levelled against Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi.

Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, the Opposition MP and shadow justice minister said that he is so sure that he did not breach any law or go against any ethics when it transpired that Tumas Group paid for a hotel he was in when he went for Tel Aviv for a wedding, that he has asked the Standards Commissioner to investigate the case.

Azzopardi said that while the law permits Hyzler to investigate cases which allegedly happened after the office was set up, in this case, Azzopardi gave permission to the commissioner to investigate him anyway despite the case happened before.

Azzopardi spent five days in Tel Aviv in July 2017.

“I returned the favour with a gift”

Illum revealed that Azzopardi was in Tel Aviv in Juy 2017 when he found out that hotel had been paid for by Ray Fenech. Reacting to the news report, Azzopardi said that the date was omitted from the headline on purpose.

Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in October 2017, and in 2019, Yorgen Fenech was arrested and charged with complicity in the murder.

Azzopardi told this newsroom that he had spoken with Ray Fenech, Yorgen Fenech’s uncle, after he could not find accommodation in Tel Aviv. It was only when he checked out of the hotel that he found that Fenech had already paid for the stay, Azzopardi said.

Upon his return to Malta, he had returned the favour with a gift for Fenech in order not to be beholden to Fenech, Azzopardi explained.

‘Everyone knows our position on Yorgen Fenech’

Azzopardi who represents the Caruana Galizia family and is a vocal critic of alleged corruption linked to the assassination, maintained that these “attacks” were an attempt to silence him.

During a programme Andrew Azzopardi on 103, the MP quoted one of the three suspected hitmen, Vince Muscat known as il-Koħħu, as having mentioned a government minister who should not be involved in deciding on his request for presidential pardon since the unnamed minister had direct interest in the manner.

Azzopardi mentioned as well that after Fenech was exposed as 17 Black’s owner, there were thousands of messages exchanged between Fenech and Abela’s cabinet member, adding that they also traveled together.

The MP added that it was clear from his work that he was not beholden to anyone.