PN says Jus­tice Min­is­ter turn­ing truth on res­i­dence per­mits and visas up­side down

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Owen Bon­nici is “turn­ing the truth up­side down” to de­fend the cor­rup­tion in the is­su­ing of res­i­dence per­mits to thou­sands of Libyans and visas to thou­sands of Al­ge­ri­ans, apart from the hun­dreds of med­i­cal visas is­sued to other Libyans, the Na­tion­al­ist Party said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

The PN said Dr Bon­nici should not try to mis­lead peo­ple. He should know that the num­ber of Libyans who were given res­i­dency per­mits by the cur­rent Labour gov­ern­ment shot up from 784 in 2012 to 3,486 in 2014.

This was at the same time that a per­son who was re­spon­si­ble for the Labour Party’s fi­nances was ac­cused in court on charges re­lated to the is­su­ing of such per­mits, the PN said, re­fer­ring to Joe Sam­mut. The num­ber of Rus­sians granted res­i­dency per­mits also dou­bled from 729 in 2012 to 1,493 in 2014.

Un­der the cur­rent gov­ern­ment, some 7,000 Al­ge­ri­ans were given visas at a time when the Mal­tese con­sul in Al­giers was the Prime Min­is­ter’s cousin, the PN added.

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