Crocodile tears and the assassination of Daphne
Countless articles and opinions have been written about Daphne’s assassination last Monday, when the car she was driving was blown to smithereens.
any theories have been woven as to the possible identity and motivation of those who planned and/or executed her assassination. I will not add to the speculation.
Like many others, I followed her writings through the years and found most of them informative. In the Maltese journalist community, her investigative skills were second to none. Her arguments were always very forceful even though a bias was clearly present. She could alternate between well written, clearly thought out and investigative articles and pure invective aimed at those she despised.
Her underlying political views were always clear and she promoted them mercilessly. Until June 2017, she ignored most of the sins of the PN and focused relentlessly on those of the PL. After June 2017 she practically lumped them both together in one basket, as they deserved, lending credence to the statement that there is nothing to distinguish the PN from the PL.
As for AD, it was one of her punching bags when it suited her, particularly at those critical political junctures where AD’s views and positions contrasted sharply with those of the PN. At other times, when she found AD’s views useful, she used them to buttress her own.
Her assassination is a direct blow against freedom of expression in Malta.
Various other attempts have been made to shut her up through the countless actions in court for civil damages. An attempt was made to cripple her financially with a legal mechanism, insisting that the claimed civil damages be deposited in Court when legal action is initiated. This was an attempt at intimidation which, unfortunately, the Law Courts did not see through. The attempt was only thwarted through the initiative of David Thake who organised crowd funding of the sums requested, thus short-circuiting the bullyboy tactics of Minister Cardona and his lawyers.
The Leader of the Opposition, Adrian Delia, who has been under her spotlight for the past four months is now apparently out to milk her assassination for his party’s political gain, as is evidenced by his speeches earlier this week. He seems to want us to forget that he too was a contributor to the pile of actions for libel submitted against her. Their withdrawal this week smells of crass hypocrisy.
This is essentially the back- ground of the crocodile tears being shed by some of those who say that they are “shocked” at her assassination.
Police investigations have commenced. Requesting help from foreign experts may ensure that all leads are followed. The investigation was almost torpedoed in its first seconds when Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera failed to realise that this was a definite no-go area for her. That she took hours to realise this, is testimony to the fact that some members of the bench still need to master much more than the law.
The Magistrate’s presence shocked all as soon as she arrived on site at Bidnija. Soon after, that shock was compounded by the comments posted on Facebook by a Police Sergeant from the police investigating team on his being overjoyed at the day’s happenings. The fact that he was suspended pending disciplinary action is not sufficient. It still needs to be explained by the Commissioner of Police why some members of the police force have still not realised that they should stay away from social media as it may seriously jeopardise not