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Many – including her own family – are suggesting that Daphne Caruana Galizia would still be alive had the Labour Party acted to expel disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi four years ago, instead of this week.
Caruana Galizia had revealed that Mizzi had set up an offshore structure involving a Panamanian company – a clear indication of plans to conceal funds – back in February 2016.
Former Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil – whose unsuccessful election campaign in 2017 focused on the need to address political corruption, insisted that the Mizzi’s expulsion took place 4 years too late, emphasising that Daphne “would still be ALIVE,” if action had been taken when his actions were first exposed.
PN MP Jason Azzopardi – a lawyer to the Caruana Galizia family – concurred, arguing that through their inaction, Labour MPs rendered themselves accomplices to the assassination.
Though his reaction was more concise, Caruana Galizia’s son Andrew expressed a similar sentiment, wondering “how different our lives would have been.”
His brother Matthew, quoting a news article, noted that back in 2017, the police had issued a statement saying that there was no reasonable suspicion to even initiate an investigation into Mizzi and into Keith Schembri, the chief of staff to former PM Joseph Muscat. “That same month, the man they planned their corruption with ordered the murder of mum,” he added.
Civil society group Occupy Justice lamented that it took four years and many protests, revelations and scandals – as well as the death of a journalist – to rid the country of Mizzi, while auguring that his next stop would be the police headquarters.
On a similar note, PN MEP Roberta Metsola noted that Labour MPs only acted after four years of defending the indefensible, of putting the corrupt ahead of the country, and after years of vicious attacks against those who spoke up.
Her colleague David Casa, meanwhile, quipped that it appeared that the only person who still believed in Mizzi’s innocence was Mizzi himself.
In a statement, Repubblika argued that Mizzi’s expulsion was only a first step, and that there was a system of corruption and impunity that was much larger than him.