Parliament sends rule of law fact-finding mission to Malta
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Parliament sends rule of law fact-finding mission to Malta

December 3, 2019


Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb attack in 2017. She had been investigating possible corruption in relation to a government contract for a new power station. With demonstrators calling for the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, for his poor handling of the inquiry into her death… And a businessman with alleged links to government officials charged with complicity in the murder… The European Parliament is sending a fact-finding mission to look into the functioning of the rule of law in Malta, with MEPs asking searching questions there. Jeroen Lenaers is an EPP Group spokesperson for justice and home affairs. There is no way that he can be Prime Minister until the end of January and still oversee a objective, neutral and fair process. So this will be one of the questions. Wouldn’t it be better if he would leave office and leave this up to a proper, independent investigator? The situation in Malta at the moment is shocking. And it is one of the tasks of the Parliament to look after the rule of law in the Member States. And you can say a lot of things about Malta at the moment but rule of law is not there. We have already seen many reports that checks and balances in the Maltese justice process are lacking and we want to make sure that, from a European Parliament perspective, there is going to be a very close scrutiny of what is going on in Malta at the moment. On behalf of the EPP, we will be represented by our colleague Roberta Metsola. She is a permanent member of the rule of law monitoring group of the European Parliament. She has been to Slovakia before, she has been to Malta before. And more importantly, she has been calling for justice in the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia for over two years.

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