More drug traffickers on the loose because of Muscat – Gonzi

Failure to report Safi drugs incident exposed youths to threat of drugs, Prime Minister says.

Joseph Muscat's failure to report suspected drug abuse to the police in 2009 may have exposed Malta's youth to the threat of drugs, Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi warned at a campus event this morning.

"The fact that Muscat knew of an illegal activity taking place on one of his party's own premises, and that carries a possible life sentence, yet failed to take the necessary action, is extremely worrying," he told a gathering of University students at the opening of Gozo Week on campus.

"There may be more drug trafficker son the loose because of Joseph Muscat."

Asked directly whether he regretted having praised Tancred Tabone in the light of his statement earlier this week - in which the Prime Minister appeared to distance himself from the former Enemalta chairman, who is now facing corruption charges - Gonzi refused to comment directly on the case.

However he insisted that a comparison between how the government handled the Enemalta scandal and how Muscat handled the drug allegation will reveal the fundamental differences between the two parties.

"We take action when faced with criminal cases. Labour, on the other hand, tries to cover these things up."

Earlier, Gonzi had outlined the PN's electoral vision for Gozo. Foremost among the government's plans for improving education standards on the sister island was a proposal that would allow Gozitan students to sit for their exams in Gozo.

Gozitan students have already tasted the benefits made possible for them by Nationalists administrations, he said. Around 420 students from Gozo have graduated in the past 10 years, and a visibly proud Prime Minister added that he was personally impressed by the broad spectrum of diplomas, baccalaureates and even Masters degrees awarded, in medicine, law, science and a host of other diverse subjects.

Gozitans were also very adept at taking up scholarships offered by the government.

Acknowledging the unique problems faced by students from Gozo, Gonzi added that government was offering financial assistance of up to 1,200 per annum, spread out over three installments, to help cover additional expenses such as travel and rent for accommodation in Malta.

Gonzi also alluded to the proposal for a tunnel linking the two islands. Asked what studies have been carried to assure the logistical feasibility of this project, the prime minister confirmed that a call for tenders, issued in January for a geological review of the channel, was under way and that proposals were being evaluated.

He expressed confidence that the Gozo tunnel was theoretically possible, though more studies were needed. "Now we have to wait for the results of the geological studies, which will also give us an idea of the costs involved. On the basis of that information we will be able to calculate the economic feasibility of the project."

These costs would have to be recouped, most likely by means of a fixed toll.

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Fejn tidħol id-droga nissuġġerixxi lill-Dr Lawrence Gonzi Jaqra ftit il-ktieb Id-Djarju li kien ippubblikat min Dr Joe Mifsud u li jittratta id-djarju ta' Ciro del Nagro . Fiħ għandu jsib min kien involut fit-traffikar tad-droga f'Malta . Barra min hekk , kien gvern immexxi mil-partit Nazzjonalista li ħeles mil-ħabs lill Queiroz wieħed mill-akbar traffikanti li kienu inqabdu f'pajjizna u bagħtu lura il-Brazil .
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Dr Gonzi you will not be Prim Minister to do the Gozo Tunanel. On the 10th March you will seize to exist and will turn blue in the face when your hearthbeat stops for few seconds on hearing the biggest defeat that the PN will ever suffer
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Rigward it-Tunnel, min ippropona dan il-progett ma hux prattiku: jaf li iktar minn 35% tal-popolazzjoni ibatu bil-klawstrofobia u li zgur qatt ma huma se jghaddulek minn tunnel hekk perikoluza u mghaluqa? Kieku kien pont, ara kemm hu profitabli iktar: issir highway li tulha tghamel restaurants impercin ghal fuq il-bahar, jogging tracks biex tula, min irid izomm f'sahhtu jista jipprattika dan l-isport; fishing bays fejn wiehed jipprattika is-sajd fil-fond minghajr dghajsa; cycle tracks obvju; u jekk saqajn il-pont ikunu daqsxejn elaborati li jghalqu l-hut il-kbir u l-bram li jigi mar-rih mit-tramontana, Malta ikolla medda ta' bahar mghaluq, nadif, u b'inqas perikolu ghall-ghum.Jidher li l-politiku ma jafx fuq x'hiex qed jitkellem.
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@GGG: WELL DONE. PEOPLE MUST STAND UP AND BE COUNTED. THE MALTESE PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH ALL THESE LIES, SLANDER, AND DEPRIVATION AND MUST SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND THROW THESE ROGUE PEOPLE OUT ONCE AND FOR ALL. WE HAVE HAD CORRUPTION AND BAD MANAGEMENT PUSHED DOWN OUR THROATS FOR MUCH TOO LONG. THE POLICE SHOULD ALSO ACT TO STOP THIS SLANDER OF INNOCENT BYSTANDERS BY AN OLIGARCHIC GOVERNMENT ON ITS DEADBED.
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more drug traffickers on the loose because of Muscat: Mela f'dak il-kas hemm iktar kriminali jigru barra ghax Dr. EFA heba min kien ghamel il-frame-up ta' missieri Karm Grima; iktar hallelin ghax Dr. EFA halla lil Dr. Alfred Sant jisraq l-Inkjesta Muscat Azzoppardi mill-Qorti, Mill-Ministeru, u mill-istrong room tal-Parlament fl-istess hin u jitlifha biex jahbi u jghalaq il-kotba;iktar avukati li johorgu qattelin scott free ghax avukat prim nazzjonalista kien jaghamel hekk fit-tmeninijiet; u iktar ostriches li jahbu rashom fir-ramel bhalma qed taghamel int, Dr. Gonzi li ma tridx taghamel l-istqarrija li missieri, Karm Grima, kien mar biex ikellem lil-habib tieghu Dom Mintoff u mhux biex joqtlu bhalma qalu l-Kabinett MLP tal-1980 u inhargu tlitt certifikati medici foloz bl-approvazzjoni tal-avukat nazzjonalista kbir li suppost iddefendiena.
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Does Dr.Gonzi really think that he's going to impress anyone with this infantile talk? These are the words of a desperate man who has lost all hope of winning the next elections on his merits and on his record of the past 9 years and is scraping the barrel for an extra vote (a la KMB pre 1987). It's exactly this sort of behaviour from him and his cronies that makes me more determined than ever before to vote for Labour this time after having voted for PN all my life (seven consecutive elections).
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Dear Dr Gonzi ,and Dr Muscat,you all know that the war on DRUGS is lost in all EU.
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This is really hitting below the belt, not worthy of a Prime minister, SHAME ON YOU!
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This is really hitting below the belt, not worthy of a Prime minister, SHAME ON YOU!
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Dear Gonzi, the Presidential pardons to Joseph Fenech, more known as Zeppi l-Hafi, on a Kilo of Cocaine trafficking, that of Francesco Queroz on 5 Kilos of Cocaine trafficking and a host of other similar cases, all pardoned by your Government are the real cause of drug concern to our Maltese youths. Gonzi's continued immoral and unchristian attack on Muscat on fabricated accusations are so despicable that the Church Authorities in Malta should be the ones to Censor him for this abomination.
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Dr. Gonzi knows no shame as we all know but this is rich coming from the PN. Everyone knows who Queroz whom they freed was linked to. Anyone who is in the dark should read the book about Ciro del Negro.
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Shame on you Prime Minister Gonzi for falling to this low ebb of how to do politics! In January 2004 you promised all Maltese that you will be doing a different kind of politics. You have failed miserably in this regard. Even those who have suffered uncessantly during the past 26 years are sick and tired of this PN policy of divide and rule.
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kompli itfa t tajn sur gonzipn.ara veru irid ikollok wiccek imcappas bil blu sabiex tghid lil JM ghaliex ma irrapurtax rigward d droga meta fl istess hin l istess rapport kien ghand gonzipn il fuq min sentejn.B'min tridu titmejjlu sur gonzipn?
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Veru, veru. DAn partikulari jigri wara Gonzi qalu li qieghed.
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Mela nesa li kien dan il-gvern li kien ta l-mahfra lil wiehed mill-akbar barunijiet tad-droga - Queiroz.
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Is this the same party that pardoned Queiroz, a convicted drug dealer (no maybes) and let him run loose to practice his evil trade again? Has the government kept tabs on him(Queiroz)since his release? Or did they just sit back and say that he's now no longer their problem. How many other poor souls' lives has he blighted since being pardoned by the PN? Consistency, like truth, is always a casualty of any election.
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We shall soon hear that Joseph Muscat is an accomplice with drug traffickers and that the drug problem which has existed for some time now is all because the Labour Leader did not report to the police this incident!!!
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Dr. Gonzi dan l-ahhar rajt u smajt lil Dr. Debono jghidlek jekk inti skrutinjajtx lil kandidati kollha li hergin ghall-elezzjoni kemm godda u specjalment l-qodma jekk ghandhomx x'jaqsmu ma xi attivita ta' droga. Inti ghal li jista jkun ghamiltha din l-investigazzjoni ghax l-ewwel trid tibda minn tieghek u ta' madwarek halli tnaddaf u tiknes u mbaghad tkun tista tipponta subghajk lejn haddiehor. Taf li ghandni niftakar li darba kien hemm xi hadd li dallha id-droga meta kien (minghalija jekk mhux sejjer zball) ma delegazzjoni ministerjali u dawn kien wehel il-habs ghax inqabad?
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This comment from the PM is base, defamatory and irresponsible. It throws mud on the extreme honesty and integrity of Joseph Muscat. Shame on the PM to utter such words! Shame on people who stoop so low in the belief of obtaining political advantage! This kind of politics is obsolete, gruesome and vile. Gonzi will inflict more damage to the PN contributing to its humiliating defeat on 9th March
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jekk irridu nilghabuha ta Vergni u puri allura nistaqsi kif dahlet Malta id-droga. Min hu responsabbli biex matiddahhalx droga? Ejja ma ndahhkux in-nies.
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One question to GonziPN. Did the drug problem and drug related crimes decrease or increase during the last eight years? Tghix f'darek bla biza my foot.
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Gonzi conveniently forgets the big time drug dealers that his tribe gave the Presidential pardons to. What a bloody hypocrite.