PN calls for minister’s resignation, insisting state failed to protect Theuma

Updated 01:50 PM
Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Nationalist Party has called for the resignation of Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri after yesterday night’s hospitalisation of state witness Melvin Theuma over injuries which, the police said, appear to be self-inflicted.

In a statement signed by Beppe Fenech Adami, Jason Azzopardi and Karol Aquilina – the party’s spokesmen on home affairs, justice and good governance respectively – the party said that the state had failed to protect the life of the most important witness concerning the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

“The latest developments once more confirm how criminality has taken control of our country’s institutions. Our government lacks the will and the moral authority to fight crime. Instead, it is allowing criminality to raise its head even higher,” the 3 MPs said.

In light of this, they argued, Camilleri should assume political responsibility and resign.

PN leader Adrian Delia had announced that the party would discuss the case in a parliamentary group meeting at 2.30pm, calling for caution in the process. But the three MPs – all believed to be part of the majority that wants Delia out – nevertheless decided to make their position clear.

PL accuses MPs of political opportunism

The MPs’ statement drew condemnation from the Labour Party, which accused them of choosing to ignore the facts of the case in favour of making unsubstantiated allegations.

“Calling for the resignation of a Minister is nothing more than a typical statement coming from people whose interest is not the pursuit of truth or justice, but political opportunism,” the party said.

“Above all, it is a statement that bears the signature of members of parliament who, even in the last few hours, withdrew their hasty public statements.”

In contrast, Labour pledged, the government would let investigations take their course.