Evarist Bar­tolo should an­swer on cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing his min­istry – PN

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Evarist Bar­tolo has not lifted a fin­ger in the wake of al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing his min­istry, the Na­tion­al­ist Party said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

The al­le­ga­tions re­volve around re­quests for com­mis­sion in­volv­ing a per­son who was em­ployed in the min­istry by Mr Bar­tolo him­self, the state­ment signed by shadow min­is­ter Therese Co­mo­dini Cachia and spokesman Ge­orge Pul­li­cino said.

In­stead of tak­ing ac­tion, the min­is­ter hid the case un­til it was re­vealed in the me­dia and re­tained the per­son in ques­tion in­stead of sus­pend­ing him. This is the same po­si­tion Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat took in the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal, the PN said.

The peo­ple ex­pected im­me­di­ate ac­tion from the min­is­ter, in­clud­ing the set­ting up of an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry to in­ves­ti­gate the case.

The min­is­ter should also sus­pend the per­son in­volved un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is over and also ex­plain the real rea­sons be­hind the res­ig­na­tion of Philip Rizzo from the post of chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Foun­da­tion for To­mor­row’s Schools.

A €50 fine will be im­posed on adults caught smok­ing in cars with chil­dren, a le­gal no­tice pre­sented in Par­lia­ment stip­u­lates.

The no­tice was filed by Health Min­is­ter Chris Fearne and will come into ef­fect on 1 Jan­uary.

Malta is the sixth EU coun­try to im­pose such a law.

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