Muscat’s aim: Perpetrator to escape justice; victim to be punished – Caruana Galizia

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat’s aim is for the perpetrator to escape justice and for the victim to be punished even in death, by destroying her memory, Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, said on Friday.

Following Muscat’s day in court, Matthew Caruana Galizia observed that “people responsible for crimes will generally try to dehumanise their victims”.

Muscat appeared before the board of inquiry on Friday morning. The inquiry is tasked with determining whether the state did all it could to prevent the murder of the investigative journalist.

“People expect a punishment to be as severe as the impact of the crime. If the perpetrator of the crime repeats the lie that his victim was “irrelevant” over and over again, people will believe it, and they will come to see the crime itself as irrelevant, and will therefore not expect any punishment,” Caruana Galizia wrote on Facebook.

He concluded that Muscat’s aim is for the perpetrator to escape justice and for the victim to be punished even in death, by destroying her memory.

On Friday, Muscat said that he resigned after his right hand man, disgraced then-OPM chief of staff was arrested. In court Muscat said that he considered Schembri necessary in the state mechanism and so the disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi. He described both Schembri and Mizzi, who were outed as having set up offshore structures in Panama following the Panama Papers leak, as doers.

Earlier during the day, Matthew Caruana Galizia observed that Muscat was on a “full-on campaign” to discredit the inquiry. While he was testifying in court, someone in control of his page was posting live updates from court.