Watch: PM mum about reports he asked Konrad Mizzi to resign

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister Robert Abela skirted around a question by Newsbook.com.mt asking him to confirm or deny that he had directly or indirectly asked disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi to resign from Parliament.

The PM only, who was addressing a press conference at Transport Malta offices in Lija, said that he has not communicated with Konrad Mizzi since he returned to Malta Tuesday afternoon at 5.30pm.

Konrad Mizzi returned from the United Kingdom where he as living for the past few months.

Sources close to government informed this news website of the request the Prime Minister weeks back. Newsbook.com.mt had emailed the former star candidate of the Partit Laburista to elicit his reaction to these reports. Mizzi never answered the emails sent by Newsbook.com.mt

The non-answer by the Prime Minister gives credence to the information passed to us by reliable sources from the government.

Abela also has denied claims that Konrad Mizzi will not be investigated now that a new Police Commissioner will be appointed. The Prime Minister said that whoever states this does not know Angelo Gafa well as he is a person of integrity.

Police CEO Angelo Gafá has been billed by Cabinet for the position of Commissioner of Police.

After months residing in the UK, the anti-corruption NGO Repubblika, in May, had called upon the Police to start the process to issue a request for a European arrest warrant so that Konrad Mizzi is brought back to Malta.

“He is accused of abuse of power, corruption, bribery and money laundering and justice needs to be done in his regard,” said the activist group.

The former tourism minister resigned amid the political crisis in November 2019. He had stayed on as a member of parliament and was even awarded a lucrative contract as a consultant with the Malta Tourism Authority within days of resignation. The contract was worth €80,000 plus perks annually. It was eventually rescinded after it came to light and caused public outrage.