Re­quest by Nickie Vella de Fre­meaux for Adrian Delia not to see his chil­dren re­jected by court

● I will not give in to ma­li­cious at­tempts to turn this per­sonal is­sue into a po­lit­i­cal one – Delia

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

A court has de­nied a re­quest by the es­tranged wife of Op­po­si­tion Leader Adrian Delia to pre­vent him see­ing his chil­dren.

The court re­jected al­le­ga­tions of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence made by Nickie Vella de Fre­meaux, al­low­ing Delia to see his chil­dren three times a week, which this week in­cluded Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day. The cou­ple agreed in court that Delia’s ac­cess to his chil­dren should be un­re­stricted.

Vella de Fre­meaux filed for sep­a­ra­tion from her hus­band of 17 years ear­lier this year.

The court has pro­hib­ited both par­ties from mak­ing state­ments to the me­dia, but ex­cerpts of Vella de Fre­meaux’s ju­di­cial pro­ceed­ings have been leaked.

Vella de Fre­meaux al­leged that Delia was vi­o­lent and abu­sive to­wards some of his chil­dren who “had also wit­nessed their fa­ther beat­ing their mother”.

Ex­cerpts of the pro­ceed­ings have been do­ing the rounds on so­cial me­dia since Christ­mas Eve, but the court did not give any cre­dence to these al­le­ga­tions and re­jected the re­quest made by Vella de Fre­meaux for Delia to be pre­vented from see­ing his chil- dren.

In a short state­ment is­sued through the Na­tion­al­ist Party, Delia said that while not­ing “with dis­may the ma­li­cious al­le­ga­tions cir­cu­lat­ing on the so­cial me­dia”, he will be stick­ing to the agree­ment reached in court which stip­u­lates that no pub­lic state­ments are to be made about the sep­a­ra­tion case, in the best in­ter­ests of the cou­ple’s chil­dren.

“In no way will I be giv­ing in to ma­li­cious at­tempts to turn this per­sonal is­sue into a po­lit­i­cal one,” he said.

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