Muscat does not deny receiving gift from Fenech; Claims that he always followed the rules

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Office of the Prime Minister did not deny that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat received an expensive Bvlgari watch from Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech in 2014. The Office of the Prime Minister in a statement said that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat ‘has always followed all the codes and rules related to gifts he received’.

The statement comes almost 48 hours since Lovin Malta revealed that 17 Black owner and Electrogas director gifted Muscat with the limited edition Bvlgari watch in December 2014. Alternattiva Demokratika chairperson Carmel Cacopardo asked the Standards Commissioner to investigate the gift while rule of law NGO has formally filed a police report denouncing the Prime Minister.

Fenech is being charged with complicity in Caruana Galizia’s murder.

In the statement on Thursday, the Office of the Prime Minister said that the Prime Minister ‘will not engage in answering partial, deeply manipulated information being selectively leaked to parts of the media’. The OPM claimed that the information was being leaked by someone who is directing the accused to try to build a narrative “that is both misleading and self-serving”.

According to the OPM, the outgoing Prime Minister did his duty in this case. It added that as Muscat himself reported, he was threatened with a smear campaign.

“The Prime Minister holds the right to take appropriate action at the right time, as well as answer with facts that will show the manipulation and the pure inventions being circulated right now and others being obviously concocted,” the statement reads.