Watch: Muscat breaks parliamentary silence to deny advance knowledge of Caruana Galizia murder plot

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Former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made his first remarks in Parliament since his resignation to deny claims – made by Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi – that he may have known about a plot to kill Daphne Caruana Galizia ahead of the 2017 election.

Muscat filed a breach of privilege complaint against Azzopardi, stating that he had never seen parliamentary privilege abused in such a manner.

In an angry tone, Muscat said that he could let slide various insults levelled at him, including accusations that he is corrupt.

But he said that claims that he was aware of an ongoing plot to kill Caruana Galizia “derive from nothing but the senseless fantasy,” of Azzopardi.

“No level of political conflict justifies such smears on one’s reputation,” Muscat maintained.

The former PM accused of Azzopardi of sending him messages, via third parties, to ask him not to attack him on particular matters, stating that he would never do so because these were personal issues.

But he sought to end on a defiant note.

“I had – and still have – a thousand defects. But I am the only Prime Minister who had a major murder case solved under his watch,” he concluded, to the applause of Labour MPs.

Video: Facebook / Joseph Muscat