Jus­tice Min­is­ter tries to hide, in­stead of in­ves­ti­gat­ing, claims of cor­rup­tion – PN

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Jus­tice Min­is­ter is try­ing to hide, rather than in­ves­ti­gate, re­ports of cor­rup­tion at Iden­tity Malta, the Na­tion­al­ist Party said in a state­ment.

By do­ing this, Min­is­ter Owen Bon­nici is mak­ing him­self an ac­com­plice on two counts, the state­ment added.

This is be­cause the min­is­ter is not tak­ing steps against peo­ple em­ployed in an agency un­der his po­lit­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, an agency that has been taken to court by the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.

“Iden­tity Malta is be­ing run in a cor­rupt way,” the PN said, and has been for months il­le­gally re­fus­ing to pass on de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on peo­ple who are buy­ing Mal­tese cit­i­zen­ship, which comes with the right to vote. When two weeks ago Shadow Min­is­ter Ja­son Az­zopardi un­cov­ered abuses by iden­tity Malta in Par­lia­ment, Min­is­ter Bon­nici had tried to ridicule the Op­po­si­tion.

Iden­tity Malta does not want to say who will be el­i­gi­ble to vote in the next elec­tion, and is find­ing refuge in Min­is­ter Bon­nici, the PN said.

The PN chal­lenged the gov­ern­ment to launch an in­quiry into the mat­ter.

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