‘An­other dirty lie’: PM de­nies send­ing chil­dren to pri­vate school abroad

Malta Independent - - News -

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat has flatly de­nied that his two daugh­ters are re­ceiv­ing their ed­u­ca­tion at a pri­vate school in the UK abroad, as is be­ing al­leged on the so­cial me­dia.

The story on the Prime Min­is­ter’s chil­dren be­ing sent to a school abroad is an­other dirty lie on the Mus­cat fam­ily, a spokesman for the PM told The Malta In­de­pen­dent when asked to ver­ify or deny what had been up­loaded on so­cial me­dia groups, and re­peated on Face­book by Na­tion­al­ist MP Ja­son Az­zopardi.

Az­zopardi ques­tioned how the Prime Min­is­ter could af­ford “€70,000 an­nual tu­ition fees for his kids” on a salary of €65,000 a year, go­ing on to also men­tion the PM’s “€12,000 one-week jaunt in Dubai”. Az­zopardi went fur­ther by say­ing this is proof of “a cor­rupt Prime Min­is­ter re­ceiv­ing kick­backs”. Az­zopardi up­loaded this comment af­ter posts on the so­cial me­dia said that the PM’s chil­dren were at­tend­ing Stony­hurst Col­lege in Lan­cashire.

But, when asked by The Malta In­de­pen­dent about this claim, the OPM dis­missed it as be­ing an out­right lie.

“The PM’s chil­dren have not changed and are not chang­ing their school. It is mind­bog­gling how PN politi­cians re­peat th­ese lies with­out verifying them, es­pe­cially when they go to the ex­tent of say­ing that the PM’s chil­dren will be schooled in the United King­dom,” the spokesman said.

“Th­ese PN politi­cians are the same peo­ple who were part of a smear cam­paign against the Prime Min­is­ter’s fam­ily, and which was since proven to be false. It is a real shame they have not learnt any­thing from the PM’s re­solve in not drag­ging any politi­cian’s fam­ily in the po­lit­i­cal arena, es­pe­cially when th­ese are com­plete fab­ri­ca­tions.”

The spokesman was re­fer­ring to the Egrant saga, with PN politi­cians in­clud­ing Az­zopardi, in­sist­ing that a com­pany opened in Panama be­longed to the Prime Min­is­ter and his wife Michelle, with a mag­is­te­rial in­quiry later find­ing no con­nec­tion what­so­ever.

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