Watch: Il-Koħħu mentioned minister in connection with very serious crime – Azzopardi

Updated 11:31 AM

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Nationalist Party MP Jason Azzopardi, a lawyer to the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia, insisted that a sitting member of Robert Abela’s cabinet was mentioned by Vincent Muscat “il-Koħħu” in connection to a very serious crime that preceded the murder of the blogger and journalist.

Azzopardi, who was speaking on Saturday’s edition of Andrew Azzopardi on 103, did not provide names, but confirmed that the person concerned was a minister – not a parliamentary secretary – and that they were not a lawyer.

Muscat is one of three men so far accused of carrying out the murder of Caruana Galizia – businessman Yorgen Fenech is also accused of ordering it – and has been seeking a presidential pardon to reveal all that he knows.

It was revealed that Abela has considered recusal from deciding on the pardon as he had been the lawyer to two brothers suspected to have supplied the explosives used – but has not refused to do so.

But Azzopardi not only insisted – in line with an editorial by the Times of Malta – that Abela should not even consider participating: he accused him of knowing that another member of cabinet should not be involved in light of what Muscat has revealed.

The MP did not elaborate on the crime he mentioned, but emphasised that it was very serious to have a minister mentioned by a “first-class criminal” in connection to a very serious crime.

“It is time for this country to realise that we have reached a situation where the criminals have become politicians, and the politicians have become criminals,” he maintained.

What Fenech’s mobile is revealing

Azzopardi also spoke on the correspondence found on Fenech’s mobile phone, highlighting that thousands of messages had been sent between him and a sitting parliamentary secretary – a woman.

Paul Caruana Galizia, one of Daphne’s three sons, had mentioned that a junior minister had an affair with Fenech “after the murder was known,” but Azzopardi said that the nature of their relationship was, to some extent, irrelevant.

“They could have been telling each other happy birthday or happy Christmas all the time… the issue is whether it is acceptable to keep in constant touch after 2019.”

In comments made to after the programme, Azzopardi confirmed that the parliamentary secretary in question received expensive gifts from Fenech and even travelled with him.

He said that there were hundreds of messages with a former PN official and with sitting Labour MPs, as well as “very compromising messages” with various people who have served as regulators in various sectors.

The MP also confirmed that the messages also included a number of insults directed at him as well as at PN MEP David Casa.

No lack of threats and insults

The MP also confirmed that the messages also included a number of insults directed at him as well as at PN MEP David Casa.

During the programme, he had also been asked about the threats he received in the course of his work, and acknowledged that there were no shortage of threats and insults of all sorts, including a number directed at his late parents.

“I receive letters filled with adjectives I didn’t even know existed in Maltese,” he said.

Pressed by Prof. Azzopardi, the MP insisted that he was not seeking a platform in any way, saying that if he could, he would retreat to a cave and lead a private life.

He emphasised that his “platform,” was far from an enviable one, since it entailed a loss of sleep and having people whose lives were at stake confide in him.

“I am not a hero: there are others who do this because they believe that good must win,” Azzopardi said. “But you need to work hard and to suffer if this is to happen.”