Repubblika asks if Abela knew about Silvio Valletta’s actions

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Rule of law NGO Repubblika is questioning whether Robert Abela knew about Silvio Valletta’s actions when he appointed Justyne Caruana to be part of his cabinet.

PM Robert Abela accepted Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana’s resignation earlier today. Caruana resigned in the wake of reports detailing the close relationship her husband Silvio Valletta enjoyed with Yorgen Fenech. Valletta recently retired from his role as assistant police commissioner. Yorgen Fenech currently stands accused of conspiring to kill investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Yesterday The Sunday Times revealed that Valletta travelled with Yorgen Fenech abroad. Valletta was still the Assistant Commissioner at the time and Yorgen Fenech was already identified as a person of interest in the ongoing murder investigation.          

In a statement Repubblika alleged that Justyne Caruana’s colleages tried to hinder the investigations and are successfully preventing action being taken against all those involved.

Repubblika appealed to Ablea to have Justyne Caruana withdrawn from the Labour Whip.

Prime Minister Robert Abela accepted Justyne Caruana’s resignation from Cabinet. She was occupying the role of Minister for Gozo. Robert Abela’s first parliamentary address as Prime Minister served merely to confirm the resignation of Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana, prompting Opposition Leader Adrian Delia to describe this as “symptomatic” of a Labour government.

Robert Abela was effectively upstaged by his deputy and erstwhile political rival Chris Fearne in his first parliamentary sitting as Prime Minister this morning, as the latter readily acknowledged the government’s failings while Dr Abela limited himself simply to confirm the resignation of Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana.