Daphne murder had ‘more than one motive, more than one instigator’

Sarah Cassar Dymond

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi insisted that the truth would soon come out on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, insisting that there were multiple motives for – and more than one instigator of – the crime.

Last month, the MP – one of the lawyers representing the Caruana Galizia family – had insisted in Parliament that the country would be shocked to learn why Joseph Muscat had called an early election in 2017, and in an adjournment speech this evening, he continued where he had left off, though once more stopping short of revealing it.

“The moment when we will all know is not far off… the reason is very saddening,” he said. “And those of you on the other side, who put their faith in Joseph Muscat in all the votes of confidence we called, you must apologise; not to me, but to the country.”

Accused names Muscat as witness for the defence

As he dismissed Prime Minister Robert Abela’s claim that the country was returning to normal, he noted that the defence of one of the three men accused of carrying out Caruana Galizia’s assassination – Vince Muscat, known as il-Koħħu – had named Muscat as a witness. The defence also named Muscat’s erstwhile chief of staff Keith Schembri, Attorney-General Peter Grech, and Owen Bonnici, he said.

Highlighting that both the defence and the prosecution would choose to name witnesses who would help them make their case, Azzopardi questioned why one of the alleged hitmen would name Muscat and his allies as witness.

Muscat’s travels questioned

During his speech, Azzopardi frequently referred to Muscat, Schembri and former minister Konrad Mizzi, lamenting that they were being left free to roam the world instead of facing criminal proceedings.

He then revealed that Muscat had travelled to Miami last Sunday, having bought a flight ticket in Istanbul.

“He paid in cash, thinking he would not be found out, but we know where the ticket was bought from,” Azzopardi said. “We know about the trips he is making to Turkey.”

Azzopardi added that Muscat was often accompanied by Schembri on trips which were not government business, and that this was not a coincidence.

But once more, he said that the truth would soon come out.

‘Corruption has a price’

Azzopardi also referred to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, questioning how Steward Healthcare was remaining silent even though it ran three public hospitals in Malta.

“The price of corruption is real and tangible…  these days, we can see it with our own eyes as the country deals with a crisis.”