Prime Minister Robert Abela declared himself “disgusted” by claims that 17 Black, the secret company set up by Yorgen Fenech, made millions off Enemalta’s decision to buy a Montenegrin wind farm in a press conference on Friday evening.
But Abela insisted that it was not yet the time to ask for the resignation of any of his MPs, including disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi, who had set up offshore structures which, documents indicated, would receive funds funnelled through 17 Black.
However, Abela added, should any MP be subject to a police investigation,” the goalposts will shift, and on that day the MP and I will have to review our position.” He also insisted that if anyone is involved “it is best that they take the step before I have to.”
The PM highlighted that the allegations which surfaced on Friday date back to 2015, when he was not yet an MP, though he added that “this does not reduce the duties I have today.”
PM insists on full investigations, ‘will not protect anyone’
If what was reported is true, he said, he felt disgusted more than disappointed, and insisted that that investigations should start immediately – provided they haven’t begun – and promised to provide all resources that may be required to support this investigation.
“I guarantee I will not protect anyone, whoever erred will have to pay for their behaviour,” Abela said.
The Prime Minister was also pressed on a Facebook post he had written in 2018, in which he accused the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia of hindering investigations into her assassination when they sought the removal of Silvio Valletta from the investigative team. Since then, Valletta was found to have travelled with Fenech, who stands accused of ordering the assassination.
Abela acknowledged to have been mistaken in his judgment, and said that he withdraws the assertions that he had made.