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