‘Muscat delaying resignation to protect himself and Schembri’ – Caruana Galizia family

A person holds a hand on a picture of Daphne Caruana Galizia during a demonstration to demand justice over the murder of the journalist, outside the Courts of Justice in Valletta, Malta, December 1, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has delayed his resignation in an attempt to continue protecting himself and his former chief of staff Keith Schembri, the Caruana Galizia family said in a statement on Sunday. Adding that there is no alternative explanation.

Muscat prepared a video message which was aired on national TV before prime time news, during which he announced that he will resign after a new leader is elected on 12 January.

The family of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia reacting to Muscat’s announcement said that ‘his continued tenure as prime minister is intolerable to anyone who cares about justice.’

“As Malta and the world faces up to the reality that the Office of the Prime Minister had a hand in our mother and wife’s assassination and, for more than two years, sought to cover it up, Joseph Muscat has decided to delay his resignation as Prime Minister,” the statement reads.

The Caruana Galizia family stated that until Muscat resigns they will make use of legal remedies to ensure Muscat has no further involvement in the investigation and criminal, other than as a possible suspect.

“His role in the investigation into our wife and mother’s assassination is unlawful,” the family stated.