PM rejects claims he was heavily-involved in the police investigations

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat talks to the media as he arrives at his office at Auberge de Castille in Valletta, Malta, December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat filed a counter-court protest to reject claims made by the Caruana Galizia family that he was heavily involved in the police investigations on the slain journalist’s death.

On Monday, the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia filed a constitutional case against the Prime Minister to stop him from further involvement in the investigation of the murder.

In the counter-reply, the Attorney General’s office on behalf of the Prime Minister argued that Joseph Muscat in no way has interferred or is planning to interfere in the investigations.

The Prime Minister expressed his suprise at the fact that constitutional case was filed after an agreement was reached with the Caruana Galizia family on the composition of the public inquiry board.  He said that the family is not insinuating that the arrests and investigations were a ploy. On the contrary, it is being suggested in the family’s case they have already been found guilty.

The Prime Minister said that the arrests that have been made are a confirmation of the independence of the investigations, and not a failure of its independence.

He denied that he is undermining the continuation of the investigation, or is in some way breaching the European Convention of Human Rights.