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Government denies anti-mafia commission member excluded from coming to Malta for saying Prime Minister should resign

Mario Michele Giarrusso, a Five Start Movement senator who was scheduled to come to Malta as part of the anti-mafia team, has alleged he was banned by Malta’s government from visiting

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Massimo Costa
22 October 2017, 12:57pm
Mario Michele Giarrusso, M5S senator, has claimed he was banned from visiting Malta with the anti-mafia commission after he said Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should resign following Caruana Galizia murder. (Photo: ilcittadinoonline.it)
Mario Michele Giarrusso, M5S senator, has claimed he was banned from visiting Malta with the anti-mafia commission after he said Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should resign following Caruana Galizia murder. (Photo: ilcittadinoonline.it)
A statement by Five Star Movement Senator Mario Michele Giarrusso, who said that the Maltese government had asked that he be dropped from the anti-mafia commission scheduled to visit Malta on Monday, was this morning denied by the government.

This comes after Giarrusso accused Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of failing to protection murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and called on him to resign.

The government said Malta’s ambassador in Rome had contacted Rosy Bindi, the anti-mafia commission’s chairperson in the Italian parliament, to ask for an explanation on Giarrusso’s “invented” claims. Malta's foreign minister also contacted the Italian ambassador in Malta for clarification on the matter.

Both confirmed that the Maltese government had never been consulted or expressed itself, formally or informally, on any of the delegation members, and that their visit had been scheduled prior to this week, the government said.

In a Radio 101 interview earlier today, Opposition Leader Adrian Delia said that if Giarrusso claims on being excluded were factual, this would mean the government was rejecting freedom of speech and criticism, and that Malta would be moving into very dangerous territory at a time when the lens of the world was on our island. 

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Massimo Costa joined MaltaToday in 2017 as a journalist. He is a graduate in European Stud...