Public urged to attend protest following latest Montenegro scandal

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

After a brief hiatus, the first anti-corruption protest post-coronavirus will take place on Monday afternoon. The protest will be held outside the Parliamentary Building with the organisers urging the public to attend.

The protest will start at 6pm and is being organised by Repubblika and pressure group Occupy Justice.

Malta plunged into a political crisis last November after progress was registered in the murder investigation of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The details then, prompted the resignation of disgraced minister Konrad Mizzi and disgraced OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. Muscat resigned earlier this year.

On Friday, a joint investigation between Reuters and Times of Malta showed that murder suspect Yorgen Fenech secretly pocketed millions through his secret Dubai-based company 17 Black when Enemalta acquired shares in a Montenegrin wind farm project.

In a statement on Sunday, Repubblika called upon every one to attend.

The organisations have put forward three demands including a fresh call for the setting up of a Joint Investigation Team, which is an international cooperation tool based on an agreement between competent authorities – both judicial and law enforcement – of two or more States, established for a limited duration and for a specific purpose, to carry out criminal investigations in one or more of the involved States.

At present, the Europol is supporting the murder investigation investigation. Europol is a law enforcement agency of the European Union facilitating collaboration among police in different member states. As an agency, it has no executive powers, and its officials are not entitled to arrest suspects or act without prior approval from competent authorities in the member states.

The organisations said that they would like to see politicians who have been implicated either shouldering political responsibility or fired.

Their third demand concerns Enemalta – with the organisations saying that its directors should shoulder political responsibility. They said that they were expecting for the company to give a full and detailed account of the deal, adding that they expect that stolen taxpayers’ money is paid back.