Leave now – EU mission tells Muscat

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Guardian is reporting that the Dutch liberal MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld who is heading of an EU Parliament mission to Malta has called on Prime Minister Muscat to leave now over his handling of the investigation into the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Newsbook.com.mt confirmed this independently. In ‘t Veld spoke positively of the police – “they’re working hard, they’re doing a professional job. Europol is playing an important role” – but was a bit less upbeat when asked about Keith Schembri being released without charges. 

“It is clear that our delegation is extremely concerned that somebody’s name who pops up in so many different cases is free,” she says. 

The MEPs were in Malta as part of a fact-finding mission.

Sophie in ‘t Veld, told the media that she was “not reassured” after meeting Prime Minister  Joseph Muscat and his justice minister, Owen Bonnici.

“I think everybody recognises, including the prime minister himself, that he has made some serious errors of judgment and I would say that staying on longer than necessary is another error of judgment,” she told journalists who were covering the event in Valletta.

According to the report in the Guardian, the Dutch MEP said that the  trust between the EU and Malta had been seriously damaged, and that Muscat had done little to allay concerns.