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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The Rule of Law in Malta, after the recent revelations around the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia (debate)

  Roberta Metsola (PPE). – Mr President, we should not have to be debating this today. Malta should not have to spend the run—up to Christmas on the streets and Daphne Caruana Galizia should still be writing. But we have been forced to stand up to face down a criminal network that has seized control and chipped away at the pillars of our republic, protected by a Prime Minister who refuses to resign immediately.

And this is not hyperbole. For years, our Prime Minister and his paid envoys have conducted a taxpayer-funded disinformation campaign of vitriol, targeting anyone and everyone who dared to stand up to them. They tried to intimidate, threaten and silence by calling rallies to denounce us as traitors, but we knew then what the world knows now and we refused to give in.

Now we want the world to know that we are not all cut from the same cloth as Joseph Muscat and the criminals that he empowers because, when the world looks at Malta, they should see our face, a people standing up. They should see people like Michael and Rose, Peter and Matthew, Andrew and Paul, Daphne’s family whose search for justice sparked a light that even the darkest of forces could not extinguish.

We are closer to justice than ever before but we are not there yet. Muscat is still trying to cling to power for at least another 30 days of chaos – interfering, influencing and contaminating the investigation. He must resign immediately if my country stands any chance of moving forward.

This must be a catalyst for change. We need a new rule of law mechanism that looks at the situation in every Member State, and we needed it yesterday. People fighting corruption, abuse of power and criminality should never be faced with shrugs of shoulders, inaction or excuses that protect political allies. We need the whole truth, we demand justice, we must have accountability, and then we need a massive programme of reforms because, after Joseph Muscat, nothing can ever be the same again.

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