“Many expensive gifts were returned or left to the State” – Muscat

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has stated that he always acted correctly whenever he received expensive gifts, either by not accepting them, returning them or leaving them to the State.

Muscat, who is currently in Dubai with his family, was speaking during a telephone interview on One Radio on Sunday morning.

Referring to recent revelations which saw that Muscat received expensive gifts from murder suspect and 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech,  Muscat said that these reports were an attempt to smear him.

The claims are that he had been gifted a €20,000 Bvlgari watch and later on three bottles of Petrus wine worth over €5,000 during a Girgenti party in 2019.

The Prime Minister said that previous Prime Ministers and Governments had not left any gifts they had been given behind when they left office. “What I can say is that our predecessors left empty offices and residences.”

According to Muscat, “they did not even leave a pencil.”

“The PM is putting off his resignation to keep controlling the institutions” – PN

The Nationalist Party (PN) stated that the outgoing PM Joseph Muscat is retaining his position as yet in order to keep controlling the institutions.

In a statement, the party said that Muscat is putting off his resignation in order to keep controlling the institutions, and evade justice. The statement said that the political crisis at hand is impacting Malta’s business scene in a negative manner, due to uncertainty and tension.

The party also said that Muscat’s decisions have not only led to a downfall in commerce, but are also impeding justice. This is particularly since his office is being investigated for the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, while he remains occupying this same office.