Council of Europe condemned Joseph Muscat’s Socialist government for the total impunity
Minister Konrad Mizzi, Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Brian Tonna as a consultant
to OPM enjoy. Tonna has been on the receiving end of a number of direct orders
whilst also acting as the representative for Mossack Fonseca in Malta. In
simple terms, the report taken a series of direct orders while he was the
representative of Malta Mossack Fonseca – in simple words, the report condemns Muscat
for the way he left everything be as though everything was ok.
report confirms that the Opposition was correct to request an independent investigation
with regards to the security Daphne Caruana Galizia should have had.
Council of Europe report in fact was authored after Caruana Galizia was
murdered, and took into consideration, the rule of law in Malta, or the lack of
it, during Joseph Muscat’s administration. This report is an embarrassment for Joseph
Muscat who failed to take action against two of his closest allies: Konrad
Mizzi and Keith Schembri.
report not only confirms that the Prime Minister is weak when dealing with Mizzi,
Schembri and Tonna, but also that the rule of law in Malta is gravely failing
the local community. This is because people like them who are at the centre of
several scandals, enjoy the protection of the Prime Minister.
report also states that “Malta needs fundamental and holistic reform, which among others
also includes that the Office of the Prime Minister would be subject to checks
and balances to ensure judicial independence and strengthening law enforcement
and other judicial authorities”.
report says without any hesitation that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has too
much concentrated power. It also warns that the government should pay more
attention to the Greco and European Commission reports. The report insists that
the Government should refrain from appointing judges before implementing the
recommendations by the Venice Commission which had also criticized Joseph
The Council of Europe also
warns that the Socialist Government’s weaknesses are threatening the entire
European Union, because they are making the rest of Europe more vulnerable. The
report now also states that the sale of Maltese passports is nothing short of selling
a visa to the European Union, which is also threatening the security across the
rest of Europe.
light of this, the Council of Europe recommends that if Malta does not resolve these
shortcomings, that EU institutions should intervene. Amongst these recommendations,
the Council of Europe says that a robust investigation on the murder of Daphne
Caruana Galizia is essential, and whoever was behind it, must be caught and brought
to justice. Other investigations with regards to the Panama Papers are also
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