Justyne Caruana resigns as Minister

Updated 10:59 AM
Miguela Xuereb

Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana resigned as Minister for Gozo according to a number of reports. This resignation was triggered following a series of reports about a trip that Caruana’s husband, Silvio Valletta, travelled with Yorgen Fenech, the primary suspect of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, at a time when Fenech was already a person of interest in the Caruana Galizia’s assassination.

According to The Times, sources close to the office of Prime Minister Robert Abela confirmed that Dr Caruana was requested to resign and is expected to do so on Monday morning. Her position in Cabinet was seen as “untenable” as her husband, former deputy police commissioner Silvio Valletta, was being investigated for possible ethical breaches.  

A report on Monday’s edition of The Times says that Fenech had filmed former deputy police commissioner Silvio Valletta ‘fooling around’ pretending to be the owner of Fenech’s Rolls Royce. The video was discovered on Fenech’s phone and was flagged to the Maltese police for investigation. 

It is understood that Caruana resigned on Sunday evening. She was made minister for Gozo in 2017 and reappointed to the post last week by Prime Minister Abela.

On Sunday, Minister for Internal Affairs Byron Camilleri admitted to Newsbook.com.mt that every single allegation needs to be investigated. He made it clear that no politician should intervene or be involved in any investigation of the sort. Camilleri insisted that considering these reports, he is more than ever convinced of the need for the Malta Police Force reform.