EP to send an urgent mission to Malta

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The European Parliament has confirmed that an urgent mission to Malta next week. The decision has been backed by the S&D, Partit Laburista’s political family on a European level.

PN MEP and EP Quaestor David Casa in a status said that the European Parliament will also be holding a debate on the situation in Malta in December.

A breakthrough the investigations was made in recent days after middleman Melvin Theuma was given a presidential pardon in exchange for evidence.

Former Tumas CEO and owner of 17 Black, Yorgen Fenech was arrested last week in connection to the murder, after trying to escape on his yacht. On Wednesday, he was arrested for the fourth time, with investigators having up to Friday to press charges against him, or release him without charges or release him on police bail. Fenech is also seeking presidential pardon, in exchange for information about the crime.

The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff resigned from his post on Tuesday, followed by the resignation of Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and a self-suspension by Economy Minister Chris Cardona.

The EP has kept Malta under close watch, with various missions coming to the island. In March, the MEPs voted on a resolution calling on the government to beef up the rule of law in Malta and ensure better protection for journalists.

The resolution made several recommendations, which included a call for a public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder and the full publication of the Egrant inquiry.