Malta is a haven for corruption and money-laundering. That’s the message we’re getting from the public inquiry into the killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
But according to every government insider who’s been called to testify, no one seems to be responsible for it.
The testimony of Finance Minister Edward Scicluna, as well as Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo, reflect those of other government officials – they all had a similar story to tell.
They weren’t responsible for any of the dark deals that spread through all levels of government under the former Prime Minister. They saw nothing and heard nothing. They simply cashed their paycheques and minded their own ministerial backyards.
Each new hearing of the public inquiry has revealed that the sense of personal responsibility is in shamefully short supply.
Would things have gone differently if Scicluna and his colleagues hadn’t set aside their self-professed principles in favour of self-interest? Could they have prevented the assassination of a journalist?
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