Labour MPs convened for meeting at Girgenti

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Laburista MPs have been called at the Prime Minister’s summer residence in Girgenti on Sunday morning. A mass meeting in Fgura which had been scheduled for Sunday was cancelled.

Members of the press have already gathered outside the Palace, as MPs started to arrive.

The Prime Minister has been under pressure to resign and media were recently informed that he plans to step down.

Former Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi was seen arriving at Girgenti. Despite having stepped down from his post during this turbulent week, Mizzi said that he would continue to serve as MP. Head of Delegation and PL MEP Miriam Dalli was seen entering the Palace. Muscat arrived at the Prime Minister’s summer residence at around 8.50am on Sunday.

Labour MPs are now discussing whether Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should leave immediately or stay on until January. He is likely to be replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne.

On Saturday, former Tumas Group director and Dubai-based 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech was arraigned in court. Fenech was charged with promoting, organising or financing an organisation with the intention of murder, actively participating in the organisation, be it with money or recruitment as well as being an accomplice with other people with the intention of murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. He pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him and was remanded in custody. No requests for bail were made at this stage. A request for a general freezing of his assets was upheld by the court

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Fenech has implicated the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri, who resigned from his post shortly before he too was arrested.

Their mutual doctor Adrian Vella is reported to have acted as a secret messenger, passing on a message Schembri to Fenech. Schembri allegedly urged Fenech not to expose him to the police while the latter was in hospital. Vella was arrested but later released.

Schembri was released with the police stating that they did not find evidence against him. While the middle man Melvin Theuma was granted presidential pardon, Fenech’s request was turned down.