Casa ac­cuses Al­fred Sant of ‘de­ceit’ or ‘con­fu­sion’ over old threat sent to Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia

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Na­tion­al­ist Party MEP David Casa has ac­cused Labour Party MEP Al­fred Sant of be­ing ei­ther “in­ten­tion­ally de­ceit­ful” or “con­fused” when he is­sued a state­ment about a Dutch jour­nal­ist be­ing in pos­ses­sion of an old threat sent to as­sas­si­nated jour­nal­ist Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia post 2015.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day morn­ing, Sant said that a Dutch jour­nal­ist had ap­proached him in Brus­sels re­gard­ing the in­vest­ment of Crane Cur­rency in Malta and had shown him a threat­en­ing let­ter – in Mal­tese – sent to Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia after the year 2015.

“This email is def­i­nitely not in the lap­top de­posited in the Courts of Law. How did this jour­nal­ist come in pos­ses­sion of this email”, asked Sant dur­ing a de­bate with David Casa on TVM pro­gramme Xara­bank on Fri­day.

For the sake of ac­cu­racy, it must be pointed out that Caru­ana Gal­izia’s lap­top has not been handed over to the courts.

In a state­ment is­sued by his of­fice, Sant was re­ported to have said that for­mer PN leader Si­mon Busut­til’s clique is un­der­min­ing Malta’s demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions.

“Their strat­egy is to por­tray Malta as a Mafia state with a cor­rupt gov­ern­ment that does not re­spect the rule of law. This same clique is pro­vid­ing for­eign jour­nal­ists with in­for­ma­tion that puts the Mal­tese and Goz­i­tan peo­ple in a bad light.”

Sant said that the anti-pa­tri­otic be­hav­iour of Busut­til’s clique is dan­ger­ous be­cause it de­picts all Mal­tese and Goz­i­tans as cor­rupt and vi­o­lent. “They are giv­ing a very bad rep­u­ta­tion to Malta.”

He said that this is neg­a­tively af­fect­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties in Malta such as fi­nan­cial ser­vices and iGam­ing. Busut­til’s clique’s at­ti­tude is also in­creas­ing the pres­sure against Malta and other EU mem­ber states that are try­ing to safe­guard tax­a­tion sovereignty.

In re­ply, Head of PN Del­e­ga­tion David Casa stated: “Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s [Fri­day] live Xara­bank de­bate, Al­fred Sant made ref­er­ence to his meet­ing with a jour­nal­ist in­ves­ti­gat­ing Crane Cur­rency, who showed him a threat from a De La Rue em­ployee against Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia. He stated that this was not in the lap­top that was handed over to the po­lice.”

The de­vi­ous im­pli­ca­tion Al­fred Sant was at­tempt­ing to make was that the po­lice would not know about this threat, Casa said.

“I have dis­cov­ered the iden­tity of the mys­te­ri­ous jour­nal­ist who met Al­fred Sant last week as part of his in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Crane Cur­rency and have made con­tact with him. I have be­come aware of the top se­cret threat that was shared with Al­fred Sant. You don’t need Daphne’s lap­top to know about it, Dr Sant. Any de­vice with an in­ter­net con­nec­tion will do.”

The threat is pub­lic and was posted by Daphne her­self on her blog. It can be found here: https://daph­necaru­a­na­gal­ 12/08/de-la-rue-em­ployee-james-vel­laha-jor­botni-mal-bum­ber-u-l-la­jks­ghandu-fox-ukoll/

“It is out­ra­geous that the Labour Party has re­sorted to these cheap tricks to jus­tify the train wreck that is the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia’s as­sas­si­na­tion,” Casa said.

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