Watch: Allegations by PN and Repubblika aimed at intimidating AFM – PM Abela

Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Robert Abela said it is unacceptable that PN leader Adrian Delia backed up PN MP Jason Azzopardi on the serious allegations over the criminal complaints which were filed on the alleged intentional sabotage of a rubber dingy carrying asylum seekers.

Interviewed on the PL’s television station on Sunday Prime Minister Robert Abela said he is now the subject of a magisterial inquiry, along with AFM officials, after Repubblika filed criminal complaints against them, blaming them for the voluntary homicide of migrants who lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea this week.

On Friday, Prime Minister Abela asked the police to investigate him.

It was also reported on international media that an official from P52 allegedly boarded a migrant vessel roughly 20 miles southwest and damaged the engine before leaving the boat to drift, a migrant said in a mayday call to migrant hotline Alarm Phone. 

During the interview, Robert Abela emphasised on the importance of the decision taken to close Maltese ports due to the coronavirus developments. He said it does not make sense to implement measures to contain the spread of the virus and then leave the ports open with the possibility to increase COVID-19 cases. He also said that this main responsibility remains to protect the Maltese citizens.

Robert Abela said that this decision to leave the Maltese ports closed to immigrants was also backed up by the European Commission.

Abela said that in such circumstances he is expecting the Nationalist Opposition to come forward and say it agrees with the government’s position on the migration crisis.

Referring to the latest measure aimed at businesses hit by the coronavirus developments, Prime Minister Abela said that the new measure announced confirms the government’s commitment towards assisting the business community.

The new measure is aimed at assisting businesses which require loans due to the coronavirus outbreak to benefit from a 2.5% subsidy on interest rates.

Other issues Labour leader Robert Abela mentioned during the interview were the government’s vision on waste management and his first 100 days as Malta’s Prime Minister.