The public inquiry should take as long as needed – Arnold Cassola

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Independent candidate Arnold Cassola question if Prime Minister Robert Abela is trying to protect somebody as during the Public Inquiry session on Wednesday it was stated that Robert Abela accepted  a one time only extension to the Inquiry, till the 15th of December, even though the request was presented late.

In a statement Cassola questioned why Abela is refusing to extend the term further, “Who does Robert Abela think he is? Doesn”t he know that months of work were lost because of COVID-19?”

Even if months were not lost people want to know the whole truth regarding who organized the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and who protected whom,” including Abela’s friends, former employers and colleagues, Joseph Muscat and Keith Schembri,” said Cassola.

The Independent candidate argued that, even if it takes two years, Abela is in no position to dictate terms unless he wants to protect Muscat and Schembri.

On Facebook Cassola wrote that Abela’s decision is vitiated since he has a serious conflict of interest.

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Posted by Arnold Cassola on Thursday, September 3, 2020

“One of the names emerging in the post assassination cover-ups is Joseph Muscat. Joseph Muscat and his government were Robert Abela’s employers, entrusting him and his firm with consultancies and direct orders. Robert Abela himself was the consultant to Joseph Muscat in the cabinet of Ministers,” wrote Cassola who continued saying that for these reasons only, Prime Minister Robert Abela cannot decide on the workings of the Daphne Inquiry and impose time limits on it.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Abela said that there is no indication that former prime minister Joseph Muscat was presently the subject of police investigations or of legal proceedings.

Abela was asked by the media to comment on his predecessor in the wake of revelations that Muscat had been interrogated under caution, and asked to state whether his position as Labour MP was tenable.

Abela insisted that he would not shy away from taking tough decisions, and that should circumstances change, so would his position.