Neville Gafà questioned by police

Foreign Ministry had asked police to investigate alleged threats made to Italian journalist

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Neville Gafà has been questioned by Criminal Investigation Department police on Thursday afternoon, is informed.

When contacted by Newsbook, Gafà confirmed that he was summoned by the police, but refused to confirm or deny whether this was tied to apparent threats he had levelled at Italian journalist Nello Scavo,

Scavo is a journalist for Avvenire, who had been investigating the tacit pushbacks into Libya – and its notorious detention camps – of would-be asylum seekers hoping to reach Europe.

In reply to a tweet by Scavo, Gafà tweeted back “Stop your dirty business. If not, we will be stopping you,” with his comment also addressed to NGOs Alarm Phone and Mediterranea Saving Humans.

Scavo refused to be cowed by the apparent threat, and noted that Gafà fell silent when asked to elaborate which “we” he was referring to in his comment.

On 17 July, the matter was brought up during question time in the Italian Parliament by government MP Alessandra Ermellino, from the Five Star Movement. Ermellino questioned whether Italy would ask Malta to pursue Gafà over the threats made.

Last week, the Foreign Ministry confirmed to that it had asked the police to investigate the allegations.