Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia ac­quit­ted in li­bel cases filed by for­mer PL can­di­date

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

A court yes­ter­day ac­quit­ted Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia in three li­bel cases filed against her by for­mer PL can­di­date Edgar Bon­nici Cachia.

The defam­a­tory li­bel case in­volved posts on her blog site daph­necaru­a­na­gal­izia.com en­ti­tled ‘The Labour Party – a hit man for a can­di­date’ , ‘Can we please bear in mind that Bon­nici Cachia him­self has a se­ri­ously bad crim­i­nal record’ dat­ing back to Novem­ber 2014, and ‘The Labour Party – a hit man for a can­di­date’ in Au­gust 2011.

The posts al­leged that Bon­nici Cachia had formed part of a con­spir­acy to as­sas­si­nate for­mer Libyan Prime Min­is­ter Ab­dul Hamid Bakkush on 16 Novem­ber 1984.

The con­spir­acy plot, which was dis­cov­ered whilst Bakkush was in Egypt by Egyp­tian se­cret ser­vices, landed Mr Bon­nici Cachia in pri­son for six months.

In his judg­ment, Mag­is­trate Francesco Depasquale noted that Bon­nici Cachia had also been pre­vi­ously con­victed over fraud and fail­ure to pay ar­rears with Tele­malta Cor­po­ra­tion and Voda­fone Malta Ltd.

He had also sent per­sonal cor­re­spon­dence dur­ing his time be­hind bars im­ply­ing his in­volve­ment in the as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt. There was also files be­long­ing to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs which also in­di­cated his in­volve­ment.

This, the court said, showed that there had been ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing that the con­tent of the ar­ti­cles in ques­tion could be ver­i­fied, and that Mrs Caru­ana Gal­izia had made sure that her ar­ti­cles con­tained the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion.

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