Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia claims abu­sive mes­sages sent to her by JPO led her to file po­lice re­port

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

Blog­ger and The Malta In­de­pen­dent colum­nist Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia in­sisted that if ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the Malta Coun­cil of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Jef­frey Pul­li­cino Or­lando had re­ally wanted com­ments re­moved from an ar­ti­cle on her blog, he would have said so in the bar­rage of abu­sive mes­sages al­legedly sent to her. The mes­sages in ques­tion caused her to file a po­lice re­port, she said.

This was said in re­la­tion to li­bel pro­ceed­ings in­sti­tuted against Mrs Caru­ana Gal­izia by Mr Pul­li­cino Or­lando over an ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled ‘Marco Cre­mona wants to fo­cus on his busi­ness and can’t tell us what he thinks about Labour’s pol­icy any­more’.

Mr Pul­li­cino Or­lando ob­jected to the fi­nal para­graph of the ar­ti­cle where it was claimed that Marco Cre­mona and him­self are friends. He also ob­jected to two com­ments that were al­lowed to ap­pear be­neath the ar­ti­cle.

On her part, Mrs Caru­ana Gal­izia main­tained that Mr Cre­mona and Mr Pul­li­cino Or­lando’s friend­ship was a fact, told to her by the lat­ter prior to the 2008 gen­eral elec­tion. She also said that it was fair com­ment to call Mr Cre­mona a “slimy jerk” be­cause he was sup­posed to be an in­de­pen­dent com­men­ta­tor how­ever he went to­tally silent af­ter the Labour Party won the elec­tion.

She went on to say that on the day Mr Pul­li­cino Or­lando planned to send her doc­u­ments re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle, she re­ceived a num­ber of “abu­sive” mes­sages. She de­scribed them as the type of mes­sages that would only come from a mad man, adding that she re­ceived a bar­rage of them re­peat­edly, just one minute apart.

When Mag­is­trate Francesco Depasquale, pre­sid­ing over the case, asked whether the mes­sages were in con­nec­tion with the ar­ti­cle and com­ments, she said no. She said that they were just ran­dom abuse, con­tain­ing in­sults and threats.

Mrs Caru­ana Gal­izia told the court how she then filed a po­lice re­port at the Mosta sta­tion, be­cause the mes­sages caused her to fear Mr Pul­li­cino Or­lando. She added that the po­lice of­fi­cer in ques­tion, who she al­leged is the very same that ap­pears as prose­cu­tion in the cases re­lat­ing to Charles Spiteri, called Mr Pul­li­cino Or­lando to the sta­tion and warned him to no longer contact Mrs Caru­ana Gal­izia.

She main­tained that Mr Pul­li­cino Or­lando was show­ing hap­pi­ness at the thought of fil­ing a court case about the com­ments left un­der­neath the ar­ti­cle. She in­sisted that had he re­ally had a prob­lem with the com­ments dis­played, he could have asked her to take them down, like oth­ers had done in the past. She said that she would have obliged, like in many other sim­i­lar in­stances.

“Ei­ther he does not like the com­ments or he does, and he if does not he could have just asked me to re­move them,” she said.

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