Adrian Delia files fourth li­bel case against Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

PN lead­er­ship can­di­date Adrian Delia has filed his fourth li­bel case against jour­nal­ist Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia over a num­ber of ar­ti­cles ap­pear­ing on her web­site on 28 Au­gust.

The ar­ti­cles “in­clude a num­ber of false, li­bel­lous and defam­a­tory ac­cu­sa­tions,” the court ap­pli­ca­tion read.

The ap­pli­ca­tion cites four ar­ti­cles which Delia finds li­bel­lous, in­clud­ing one ti­tled ‘It’s as­ton­ish­ing that the Na­tion­al­ist Party has not asked Adrian Delia to with­draw from the race’, and an­other ti­tled ‘Na­tion­al­ist Party Lead­er­ship con­tender Adrian Delia is caught out in yet an­other lie’.

The ar­ti­cles, the ap­pli­ca­tion con­tin­ued, are caus­ing and will con­tinue to cause ir­repara­ble dam­age, and are be­ing made with a clear in­ten­tion to dam­age the trust coun­cil­lors and PN mem­bers have in Delia as a can­di­date for the PN lead­er­ship post.

Lawyer Arthur Az­zopardi, who has filed the re­quest on be­half of his client, has asked that the case be heard in the short­est time pos­si­ble.

The PN lead­er­ship can­di­date filed the first li­bel suit against the jour­nal­ist on Thurs­day, 24 Au­gust, and a sec­ond one the fol­low­ing day. The first two li­bel cases will start to be heard on 25 Septem­ber, af­ter the PN lead­er­ship elec­tion is held. The first phase of the elec­tion is on 2 Septem­ber, the sec­ond on 16 Septem­ber. The third li­bel suit was filed on Mon­day.

Delia is be­ing ac­cused by Caru­ana Gal­izia of money laun­der­ing. She claims that money de­riv­ing from pros­ti­tu­tion in Lon­don flats was trans­ferred through an off­shore ac­count in Delia’s name.

Delia has ve­he­mently de­nied the claims, say­ing that he does not have, and never had per­sonal ac­counts or mon­eys abroad. He pre­vi­ously ac­knowl­edged that he rep­re­sented a Mal­tese client who was in­deed the land­lord of at least one prop­erty used for il­licit prac­tices, but in­sisted that his client/land­lord was not to be held re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tions of his ten­ants.

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