Delia says people are free to express what they believe
Opposition leader Adrian Delia has refrained from passing judgment on remarks made by his predecessor, Simon Busuttil, in Parliament, saying that people are free to express what they believe.
Delia was asked to comment after Busuttil said in Parliament that he still believed the Panamanian company Egrant to belong to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
Delia reiterated that this was Busuttil’s personal position, and not that of the PN.
The fundamental question, Delia said, was that this was all brought on by the “rampant speculation fuelled by the attorney general’s insistence” not publishing the entire Egrant inquiry report.
He also said that by giving “the prime minister, his wife, their lawyers, the justice minister, and his lawyers” a copy of the report, Attorney General Peter Grech was putting the country through “turmoil” and fuelling “unnecessary” parliamentary debates.
Pressed as to whether he would condemn Busuttil’s accusations that the prime minister and his wife were the owners of Egrant and that the former had somehow been involved in evidence tampering, Delia stood by his position, adding that it was the prime minister who had initially made serious allegations about Busuttil by calling him a “fraudster” and implying that he was involved in the falsification of signatures.
“Busuttil is free to believe what he wants; being part of a political party does not mean that you simply lose your brain and stop holding certain beliefs; it is not something that I need to sanction,” he said.
On the issue of Egrant itself, he said that the inquiry had merely established that a certain individual did not own the company, explaining that the discovery of its actual owner would end speculation and allow the country to start rebuilding its reputation abroad.
Delia then made reference to a statement he had released earlier in the day, requesting the government to appoint a “special, autonomous and independent” commission with the following terms of reference: Identify what the shortcomings in the provision of protection to assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia; investigate what the authorities knew or could have known about the threats she faced and; investigate whether these authorities failed to act on what they knew to protect the journalist.
He also commented on the scenes in Parliament Wednesday, saying that he, along with Prime Minister Muscat, the Speaker of the House and the President, had called for order and better behaviour.
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