Busut­til ‘in­con­sis­tent’ on To­nio Fenech, Beppe Fenech Adami ‘cases’

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Labour Party yes­ter­day claimed Op­po­si­tion Leader Si­mon Busut­til was be­ing in­con­sis­tent in the way he deals with in­ter­nal is­sues, nam­ing To­nio Fenech and Beppe Fenech Adami in par­tic­u­lar.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia yes­ter­day, Tourism Min­is­ter Ed­ward Zam­mit Lewis said that while the Labour Party is be­ing care­ful in the way it speaks up on mat­ters be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, Si­mon Busut­til had de­fended both MPs.

Dr Zam­mit Lewis said that both mat­ters are del­i­cate, with abuse of pen­sions in Swe­den by a com­pany of which To­nio Fenech is a di­rec­tor, and al­leged money laun­der­ing and drug traf­fick­ing by a com­pany in which Beppe Fenech Adami is a di­rec­tor.

He said that Si­mon Busut­til is de­fend­ing both, with the Na­tion­al­ist Party ending up is­su­ing a state­ment on be­half of To­nio Fenech when the mat­ter is re­lated to his pro­fes­sion, not his pol­i­tics. Si­mon Busut­til can­not be taken se­ri­ously on this mat­ter, he said.

Labour MP Lu­ciano Busut­til said that since both sit­u­a­tions are be­ing dealt with on an in­ter­na­tional scale, the be­hav­iour of these two MPs is caus­ing dam­age to Malta’s rep­u­ta­tion.

In re­ply, the Na­tion­al­ist Party said that in­stead of fo­cus­ing on the chal­lenges be­ing faced by the coun­try, the Labour Party is try­ing to de­flect at­ten­tion from the crises brought about by the Panama Pa­pers and the LNG tanker.

At yes­ter­day’s press con­fer­ence, the PN said, the Labour Party re­ferred to un­founded al­le­ga­tions that have al­ready been de­nied. In­stead, Joseph Mus­cat should ex­plain why he con­tin­ues to de­fend Kon­rad Mizzi and Keith Schem­bri who were caught hav­ing opened a com­pany in Panama five days af­ter the elec­tion in which they were go­ing to put com­mis­sions, the PN said.

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