Watch: Muscat either knew Daphne would reveal Montenegro corruption, or about murder plot – Azzopardi

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There were two possible reasons behind Joseph Muscat’s decision to call an early election in 2017, according to Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi.

In an adjournment speech in Parliament on Wednesday morning, Azzopardi said that the best-case scenario was that he was aware that Daphne Caruana Galizia was set to expose corrupt dealings in Montenegro.

But the worst-case scenario, he argued, was that Muscat had advance knowledge of the assassination plot. And earlier in his speech, he outright declared that Muscat wanted the election out of the way before the assassination took place.

Azzopardi – a lawyer to the Caruana Galizia family – said that while there was other information he wished to tell, his hands were yet tied. However, he added, revelations made during the public inquiry allowed him to bring up matters he had long known.

At the inquiry, Inspector Kurt Zahra revealed – when asked by Azzopardi himself – that murder suspect and businessman Yorgen Fenech had known that an early election would be called back in December 2016. This, Azzopardi pointed out, was long before Caruana Galizia alleged that Muscat’s wife owned Egrant, a secret Panama company opened along with others owned by Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri.

Zahra also revealed that the burner phones used by the three hitmen to carry out the assassination were purchased at around the same time.

Azzopardi insisted that Prime Minister Robert Abela owed him and others who had spoken out an apology, noting how they had been called “traitors, liars, negative,” only to be proven right.

He compared Mizzi to another disgraced former minister – the late Lorry Sant – before expressing his regret that he hailed from the same district that elected the two men. All three hail from Paola.

But then he asked Abela what he was going to do against “il-Ġinġer,” noting that this was how Muscat was being referred to in casual Whatsapp conversations he had with “best buddy” Fenech and Schembri.