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Adrian Delia sues Caruana Galizia for the third time over Soho brothel claims

PN leadership hopeful sues Daphne Caruana Galizia for libel, insisting that the purpose of the blogs was to sully his name

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Matthew Agius
28 August 2017, 12:52pm
Adrian Delia is suing Daphne Caruana Galizia for the third time
Adrian Delia is suing Daphne Caruana Galizia for the third time
PN leadership candidate Adrian Delia has filed his third libel case against columnist Daphne Caruana Galizia in the space of four days, over a series of online articles purporting to link him to a prostitution racket in Soho, London.

Delia has already filed two libel suits against Caruana Galizia before August 25, after she made similar allegations.

But those court actions seems to have only served to incite her to strengthen her resolve – not a day has passed without Caruana Galizia publishing a new blog entry on the subject. The blogger insists that Delia had kept the proceeds of a number of West London brothels in a bank account bearing his name. Delia insists the account was a client account and that he discontinued his relationship with the company owning the property after becoming aware of the property's use.

In a court application filed this morning by lawyers Arthur Azzopardi and Kris Busietta, Delia lists no less than seven articles, all filed between August 25 and 28, which he claims to be libellous and defamatory under the Press Act.

“The above-mentioned articles include a number of allegations which are untrue, false, libellous and defamatory to the plaintiff and were intended to diminish or reduce his reputation, honour and credibility as will be proved in the hearing of the case.”

The lawyer requested the court to declare the allegations defamatory, with the sole aim of sullying his name and to condemn the defendant to pay damages established under the Press Act.

Caruana Galizia is already facing several libel suits for making prostitution-related allegations about minister Chris Cardona and his consultant Joe Gerada, whom she claimed had spent 3 hours in a German brothel. Cardona had also obtained a €46,000 garnishee order over her assets, only to see the amount being quickly gathered – and exceeded – by public donations in a telethon organised by former PN radio presenter David Thake.

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Court reporter Matthew Agius is a Legal Procurator and Commissioner for Oaths. Prior to re...