Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reiterated that he does not agree with the content of the resolution approved by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe saying it was riddled with inaccuracies and accused the special rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt of bias.
The resolution is based on a report, “Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges” which condemns the state of the rule of law in Malta and raising concerns about the investigation into Caruana Galizia’s murder. It was overwhelming approved with 72 votes in favour to 18 against and 3 abstentions at the Assembly.
In his comments to Newsbook.com.mt, Muscat said that the government will however engage with the institution.
In its recommendations, the report calls on the government to establish a public inquiry into Caruana Galizia’s murder within three months. The report concluded by warning that “Malta’s weaknesses are a source of vulnerability for all of Europe”, adding that if “Malta cannot or will not correct its weaknesses, European institutions must intervene.”
Opposition MP Jason Azzopardi had said that it’s being said that those who ordered assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia are individuals who have access to the highest corridors of power.