Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 338

Rule of law in Malta: speed up murder investigation and halt corruption, MEPs ask

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 settembre 2018

Sophia in ‘t Veld (ALDE, NL) , Head of the committee’s delegation to Malta, said: “Given the confidentiality, we have not been able to verify what progress was made in the investigation and if the authorities are still looking into all the different hypothesis about who ordered the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Resolving the crime is crucial, not only for the family of the victim, but for democracy as a whole.We would like to see the libel cases against Ms Caruana Galizia, which are now being faced by her family, withdrawn. We have also asked the minister of justice Owen Bonnici to find a solution for the makeshift memorial for Daphne, allowing people to mourn or make a statement, and to unambiguously condemn the hate campaigns against her and her family”.Ms In ‘t Veld noted the unavailability of minister for tourism Konrad Mizzi to meet with the delegation.“We have several concerns about numerous scandals, such as the alleged sale of humanitarian visas to Libyan nationals, money laundering through Maltese banks or the alleged involvement of people in government circles in corruption cases. The mechanism of “citizenship for investment” though not illegal in itself, could provide a back door to the EU to undesired elements, putting pressure on passport free travel within the Schengen area. The Member States are closely connected, so in order to preserve credibility and trust, it is crucial to uphold the same standards across the EU.We find particularly worrying the passiveness of the institutions in triggering investigations even in the face of incriminating evidence. Everybody is pointing at someone else, so it is unclear who will initiate an investigation into suspicious activities: the police, the magistrates, or just a citizens complaint. We therefore propose to invite the Venice Commission to Malta to assess the systems in place as well as the application in practice. And more broadly, we propose to put a rule of law mechanism in place to analyse the situation of the rule of law in all Member States on an ongoing basis, as per the legislative proposal of the European Parliament.Finally, we call on the government and on the political opposition to act as a unifying and reconciling force to help the Maltese society overcome its divisions and animosity”, she concluded.

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