Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Prime Minister and Labour Party Leader Robert Abela said that any decision he takes into consideration the interest of the country, the interest of the Labourt party and that of the government. Abela was replying to questions asked by Prof. Andrew Azzopardi, Dean of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing within the University of Malta.
Prof. Azzopardi asked the Prime Minister why he hasn’t taken any decisions regarding former prime minister Joseph Muscat who was questioned by the police in August, in connection to information related to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. PM Abela said that if he would need to take decisions against Muscat if it is in the interest of the country, he would be ready to take that step.
On Wednesday, Abela said that there is no indication that former prime minister Joseph Muscat was presently the subject of police investigations or of legal proceedings, according to his successor Robert Abela.
During the interview, Abela again denied that Muscat was ever his consultant.
Abela was asked to comment on his predecessor in the wake of revelations that Muscat had been interrogated under caution, and asked to state whether his position as Labour MP was tenable. He insisted that he would not shy away from taking tough decisions, and that should circumstances change, so would his position.
When asked about the allegations concerning the former OPM’s Chief of Staff, Keith Schembri, revealed today by local media, and if he will face justice, PM Robert Abela said that the questions should be posed to the Police Commissioner as the Police are investigating.
Regarding Schembri, he also stated again that he does not believe that the former Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister, Keith Schembri, has lost his phone. The former Chief of Staff’s mobile phone was mentioned in Court during the compilation of evidence against murder suspect Yorgen Feech, charged with complicity in the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Relocation of migrants not enough, says PM Abela
Prof. Andrew Azzopardi asked the Prime Minister to try and explain which political argument can justify why 27 migrants have been kept onboard the Cargo Ship Etienne for a month. Abela replied by saying that the migrants were initially saved in the Tunisian SAR apart from the fact that the vessel is danish flagged and therefore Denmark should take responsibility for these migrants.
The Prime Minister continued to explain that unfortunately for Malta, the re location of the migrants, to other EU countries is not enough.
A general election will not be called depending on who is elected as the leader of the Nationalist Party, said PM Abela when asked about the survey published on Sunday by Malta Today which shows how Bernard Grech as PN leader can reduce the gap between the PL and the PN.