Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia has denied reports that he had maintained communication with Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech through WhatsApp last year – after Fenech was revealed as the owner of secret Emirati company 17 Black – attributing malicious intent to the sources of the story.
Delia claimed that the WhatsApp chat, reproduced on the Sunday Times of Malta, was a fabrication as he was being interviewed by PN local councillor Errol Cutajar on the party’s radio station NET FM on Sunday morning. The Times is also reporting that PN MPs are seeking an urgent parliamentary group meeting over the matter.
He said that the article did not mention how it obtained the information, and said that “someone created a WhatsApp chat to claim that I kept contact with Yorgen Fenech.”
Noting that he had already denied claims that he kept in touch with Fenech on repeated occasions, Delia maintained that such stories were manoeuvres which sought to put him in a bad light to thwart his efforts to keep the government in check.
The PN leader also argued that it was not the first time that such false allegations surfaced in response to his efforts. He noted that claims that he was being investigated by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit – he had insisted that the documents concerned falsified his signature – surfaced as he was seeking to get the Egrant report published in its entirety in Court.
He attributed these efforts to criminals within the Labour Party seeking to intimidate those who could thwart their actions, and insisted that they would not succeed in doing so.
New passport scheme satisfactory, in principle
Delia also claimed credit for the government’s decision to scrap the controversial cash-for-passports scheme in favour of a scheme which appeared to have more stringent residency requirements.
He insisted that the government did not revise the scheme because it had seen the light, but because of the constant pressure of the opposition.
Noting that the new scheme appeared to require applicants to reside in Malta for some time before being able to apply for citizenship, he said that he was satisfied, at least in principle, that his party contributed to put an end to “the sale of our nation.”
However, Delia observed that one still had to determine how the new scheme would impose such requirements, and said that the PN would adopt a different position if the changes were just cosmetic.