“Minister Owen Bonnici must resign” – Repubblika

Updated 08:45 AM

Manuel Delia wins constitutional case to keep Daphne memorial up and running

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During a press conference, in front of Daphne’memorial in Valletta, Manuel Delia said that the position of Minister Owen Bonnici is no longer tenable and especially as Minister for Education since he is now responsible for the education of future generations that need to be made aware of what are their rights.

Activist Manuel Delia has won a constitutional case against Justice minister Owen Bonnici and the Director-General responsible for public cleaning, over the removal of the makeshift memorial to slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in front of the law courts in Valletta.

In spite of the fact that the Attorney General had challenged Manuel Delia’s juridical interest in the case he had personally instituted against the government over the persistent dismantling of the makeshift memorial, the court found for Delia in a sentence handed down Thursday morning. The court had declined to rule separately on a matter concerning Delia’s juridical interest and ordered the continuation of the collection of evidence concerning the claims and the defences.

Delia claimed that the memorial was dismantled by government workers 17 times but that it was only after 15 September that he was able to confidently point his finger at the government employees, who are the responsibility of Justice Minister Owen Bonnici.

The application stated that Delia felt he must proceed with this lawsuit because it was “clear that the procedure of issuing a prohibitory injunction against the defendant…is not going to be respected by the defendants…” leaving him “no alternative but to seek to safeguard his fundamental rights before the court.”

Delia claimed a breach of his right to freedom of expression, adding the age-old Voltarian adage that the government may not agree with what it is he’s saying but was still duty-bound to protect his right to say it.