Minister’s incompetence prejudiced ‘Malta’s most important court case’ – Fenech Adami

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The Nationalist Party’s home affairs spokesman Beppe Fenech Adami angrily insisted that the incompetence of Minister Byron Camilleri prejudiced the “most important court case Malta witnessed in the last 50 years” in Parliament today, in reference to the Melvin Theuma incident.

Camilleri delivered a short ministerial statement in which he said that he had no information to add on the incident beyond what was said by Police Commissioner Angelo Gafà in a morning press conference. He also emphasised that he received assurances that the police were investigating the case thoroughly.

But this explanation failed to convince Fenech Adami, who insisted that Camilleri was politically responsible to ensure that Theuma did not end up critically injured.

“Because of your incompetence, the most important witness in the Daphne Caruana Galizia case is dying,” he exclaimed.

The police are treating the case as an apparent suicide attempt, although Fenech Adami appeared sceptical. However, he insisted that this was irrelevant, as the incident should have been avoided in any case.

“In a decent country, in a normal country, someone must assume political responsibility, and that someone is you,” the MP maintained.

“Will you be assuming responsibility for allowing the most important court case Malta witnessed in the last 50 years to be prejudiced,” he asked.

On his part, PN leader Adrian Delia questioned whether any developments took place since Gafà held a press conference, and also asked whether any investigations were being carried out to determine whether all the necessary precautions were taken.

But Camilleri insisted that he would not “fall in a trap of partisan discourse,” as the opposition had done, even though there were a lot of partisan arguments he could make.

He also accused Fenech Adami of ignoring known facts and making unsubstantiated allegations, stating that this confirmed that he prioritised partisan politics over the truth.