Police commissioner found no wrongdoing in Abela tape - Mallia

Tonight’s edition of Bondiplus saw a convoluted cacophony of clips aiming to establish the political responsibility of Toni Abela in the latest hidden recordings exposé.

In one of many clips aired on Bondiplus tonight, Labour deputy leader for party affairs Toni Abela was shown declaring that he has never put pressure on anyone for nefarious means.

Lou Bondi's interpretation of the Toni Abela recording centres on the fact that a Labourite police officer may have been specifically sought out in order to influence proceedings.

Toni Abela was shown insisting that a Labour-leaning officer was not specifically sort out, but was encountered by chance.

"I was not telling the police officer what to do but was merely explaining the case to him," Abela said.

Lou Bondi questioned Opposition leader Joseph Muscat on whether Abela should resign over the matter. Muscat did not give a direct answer, instead saying that Abela will be giving more details shortly.

The PL and the PN are clearly taking different perspectives on the recording. As far as the PL is concerned, it is case closed.

"The police commissioner was informed about this recording three years ago yet no action was taken against Abela," Muscat said.

Conversely, the PN's deputy leader Simon Busuttil believes that both Abela and Muscat should be held politically responsible for the contents of the recording.

"This is a big test for Joseph Muscat now. Abela has no credibility left, and it's a test for Muscat if he believes in open government, an open party, and transparency," Busuttil said.

The second part of this evening's programme saw Manuel Mallia and Clyde Puli weighing in on the matter for the PL and PN respectively.

"The clips show this evening were a hotchpotch of different recordings and improperly analysed," according to Mallia.

He then went on to explain the legal niceties of the case referred to in the Abela recoding, drawing a distinction between a criminal offence, where the police have the prerogative to act, and a civil case.

The crux of Mallia's argument was that the recoding referred to a civil case,  making it an internal matter to be thrashed out within the Labour Party. Further to this, the police commissioner had been informed about the matter and no action was taken against Abela.

Clyde Puli insisted that the recording is a political matter involving "a feast of Labourites, given that the context of the recording was between various Labour players."

Puli accused the PL of trying to "gag the whisteblower," whilst all the while having the audacity to harp on about the need for a Whistleblower's act.

"It is significant that Abela specifically scoped out a Labour-leaning officer. He wanted to influence the course of justice," Puli said.

Mallia once again interjected that a distinction has to be made between civil and criminal cases.

"The police commissioner knows the law and is probably laughing at this very moment. Abela has shown that he is an excellent lawyer and the police commissioner has confirmed this," Mallia said.

He also accused Puli of not knowing what a whistleblower actually is and said that the fact that the police officer in question was a Labourite was purely coincidental.

For his part Puli was adamant that the discussion should centre on "Toni Abela the PL deputy leader, not Toni Abela the lawyer. This matter transcends the police."

The issue of the presidential pardon was brought up towards the very end of the program.

Puli's line of attack was that the emails revealed by The Sunday Times were cryptic at best, and that 'Aust' and 'A.G' could mean anything.

Mallia expressed his discomfort that the pardon had taken place in the political arena.

"There is scope within our law for the Attorney General, together with the police to act in such cases. There was no need for the Prime Minister and cabinet to interfere."

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"There is scope within our law for the Attorney General, together with the police to act in such cases. There was no need for the Prime Minister and cabinet to interfere.......MR MALLIA YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE PM AND CABINET HAD TO INTERFERE SO THAT MR FARRUGIA WILL BE CONDITIONED TO REFUND ABOUT 250,000 EUROS OR MORE.
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Paul Sammut
One can easily see through strategy that Gonzipn is manipulating and it’s dirty. It’s the age old envious approach of where if one cannot pin the master then crucify his dog. Since nothing can be pinned on Joseph Muscat then hit close to him or the PL. It started with an attack on the late Dr Anton Buttigieg’s use of English, which fizzled out immediately. The flack was then directed at Dr Angelo Farrugia but was overtaken by events. Now we have collared and chained DCG snarling at Louis Grech while Simon shoots his pistol at Dr Tony Abela. The strategy will fail for on its side it only has deceit.
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A mature electorate votes for doctors at law not spin doctors. You cannot fool all the people all the time. Flectar set non frangit. Now that's a true spin.
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Kieku il puluzija sabu xi haga zgur li kienu jiehdu passi kontra T Abela imma dan ma irrizultax wara li il kas ilhu 3 snin Sur Bondi inutli tiprova tghejn lil PN nazzjonalista int mid derha ghandek hafna xitlef Taf fejn sabu korruzzjoni il puluzija fix xiri ta-zejt hu f'minn ikkopja f-ezamijiet
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A clear case of trying to create diversions to the very serious case of illegal oil commissions which as a minimum weighs down heavily on the politicians concerned with very clear implications of political responsibility for which resignation is a moral duty. As lawyer Mallia intelligently stated the Abela case was reported to the Police who must have decided that there was no case to answer. The case of Abela might at most he seen as that of a person having a loud mouth exaggerating his importance. By all measures very different to a case where the nation and national interest were compromised. The Ukrainian former PM Yulia Tymoschenko is languishing in jail for a gas deal concluded with a suspicious high gas price.
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Dr. Mallia should have insisted on the biggest scandal ever of the commission on the purchase of oil and not on trivialities such as this. Clyde Puli had better answer about the White Rocks project which never materialised and a blogger within his party who pens nothing but venom...SHAME on you all. Simon Busuttil should await the ''big test'' for GonziPN and 'Aust' on the oil scandal about transparency and open Government and this 'zero' person states that Toni Abela has no credibility left - his ''credibilty'' vanished in 2003 when he fed the electorate a pack of lies.
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Anette B Cassar
We have been enslaved by the Oil Barons and yet the scandalous commissions is totally ignored from people like Assopradi and Bondi. They are part of the regime.
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THIS IS THE ULTIMATE OF WHAT CHRIST DECLARED AS "OQBRA IMBAJDA" - WHERE IS THE POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MASSIVE CORRUPTION SCANDALS THAT HAVE ENGULFED THE PN? WHY HASN'T AUSTIN GATT AND LAURENCE GONZI RESIGNED? WHY HAS THE CARETAKER PN KEPT RCC AT AMBASSADOR LEVEL WHEN HE WAS CLEARLY IMPEACHED BY PARLIAMENT? WHY HASN'T TONIO FENECH ASSUMED POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY OVER FUNDS PASSED TO HIM BY HIS PERSONAL ASSISTANT OBTAINED FROM CORRUPT PRACTICES. WHERE HAS THE POLICE BEEN IN ALL THESE CASES OF MASSIVE CORRUPTION? AND SIMON BUSUTTIL WANTS TONI ABELA AND MUSCAT TO BE HELD POLITICALLY RESPONSIBLE. FOR WHAT? FOR A STORM IN A TEA CUP OVER ILLEGAL TAMPERED RECORDINGS FOR WHICH THE EXPONENT SHOULD BE HELD CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE UNDER DATA PROTECTION.
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@Firillu Kbir Ghandek ragun siehbi. Anzi. Inzid nghid li Simon Busuttil anqas jaghraf id-differenza bejn katarretta u kwart perzut!!
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Dak li rajt l-bierah fuq Bondi+ ifakkarni fi zmien meta kienu jindaqqu il-qniepen fis-60s biex lehen il-Labour ma jinstamax! Hemm hafna cirkostanzi ukoll: i-post fejn indaqqu l-qniepen (biex il-lehen tal PL ma jinstamax) kien hdejn dik l-knisja iz-zghira fejn kien hemm hanut li ibiegh l-arloggi- ma nafx ta min kien- imma ic-cirkunstanzi huma l-istess. Vera bhal ma jghid ir-riklam tal-kunserva ta tlett gholjiet: some things( and people may I add) never change!
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with this PN wants to win the election what shame, i thouth PN is more intelagent
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It's in the public interest to get to know what happened between the two Labour barmen who changed lock a small Labour Party Club! But it is not in the public interest to get to know who this A.G is; who are the full set of new robber barons that have taken over Malta; and to get to know why the GonziPN took no action when Dr Portelli spoke about the massive corruption taking place at EneMalta!
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ara veru il pn ma fadalhux iktar xjaghmel hlief li ihameg .jien naghid biex il poplu joqod attent ghax il pn ghandu xjitlef /.
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Meta ghandna l-akbar skandlu li dan il-pajjiz qatt ra (dal taz-zejt ta' A.G. u Aust) fuq xiex jitkellem il-Lou? Fuq bicca recording dwar glieda bejn zewg Laburisti! Ara very purcinell! U xi nghidu mbaghad ghall-BRAVU Simon Busuttil? Kemm hu BRAVU! Kemm hu bright spark! Hasra li ma kellux kamin ghax konna inwahhluh mal-fanal li hemm barra Kastilja. Halluna nghixu ja qabda ipokriti!
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Does this mean that Dr Simon Busuttil (from Hero to Zero in 60 days) who is an advocate by profession does not distinguish between a civil or a criminal case?
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One wonders why today's programme was not on the "A.G.", "Aust" and "minister" emails. Hmm... Let me think...

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