Parties at each other’s throats over Malian’s death

As Labour call for government to take responsibility for asylum seeker’s death, PN claims Muscat is trying to score cheap political points.

A Malian asylum seeker was beaten to death by members of the Armed Forces of Malta, who are now under arrest and pending prosecution.
A Malian asylum seeker was beaten to death by members of the Armed Forces of Malta, who are now under arrest and pending prosecution.

The Nationalist Party has reacted to criticism by Opposition leader Joseph Muscat at the home affairs ministry over the death of a Malian asylum seekers in custody, accusing the Labour leader of scoring "cheap political points".

In a statement, the PN said the government had been prolific in effecting rescue missions for asylum seekers but accused Muscat of losing "no occasion in criticsing the government and try hard, unsuccessfully, to portray it as week in efforts to convince other EU member states on more effective burden-sharing mechanism."

"Government is doing its utmost, and with a high degree of success, to convince all EU member states on burden sharing, but never shall the Nationalist Party resort to populist declarations which are racist and xenophobic in nature. Where human life is concerned the Nationalist Party stands up to be counted. Now, Muscat the cheek to call a PN statement expressing its concern about racism as 'scoring cheap political points'. Unbelievable," PN communications director Frank Psaila said.

Opposition leader Joseph Muscat said Sunday morning that the country had been shocked by the death of the Malian migrant while under protective custody of soldiers from the Armed Forces of Malta.

The Prime Minister is now the minister of home affairs, taking on the portfolio previously stewarded by Carm Mifsud Bonnici before he resigned after being ousted in an Opposition motion supported by government MP Franco Debono.

"The country is shocked. We have to be careful when commenting on such events. First of all, it is a condemnable act. It is not simply a racist act. This person was under protective custody of Armed Forces," Muscat said.

Muscat said this was not the first act of its kind during this legislature and mentioned the deaths of Nicholas Azzopardi who died while under police custody and Stephen Spiteri who was found dead in his cell from an overdose after being refused sleeping pills.

"We now have a manslaughter case where this migrant from Mali was under protective custody. We are not going to make any cheap accusations. We are simply looking for transparency and accountability by Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi who is responsible for Home Affairs," Muscat said.

The death of the migrant was the result of inadequate training according to Muscat who added that the act could not be justified and the government should bear responsibility.

"It is a very worrying issue to me. There needs to be a clear investigation, not just of the case itself, but also a clear investigation of the process and all individuals involved," he said.

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PN claims Muscat is trying to score cheap political points. For the last 25 years, the PN has been reminding us of the bad MLP administrations of the 1970’s & 1980’s…Where these not cheap political points. God help us all if we had to compare the 1970’s & 1980’s with what is going on politically in this country in this last decade. Why isn’t the opposition compiling a record of how this administration has come off its moorings to once and for all compare the actions of sleuths in the 1970’s & 1980’s with the collusion, corruption, murders and the bankruptcy of this country at present. Should we be constantly reminded how distasteful this administration has been with its abuse of power, its fraudulent and manipulative handling of this country’s finances or the secretive silence with regards Maltese citizens or refugees murders while incarcerated. Shame on this administration to try and justify these disgustful actions by bring up the 1970’s & 1980’s that look so timid by comparison and shame on all of Malta for not standing up to these fascist who has infested this island. One can only hope that one day justice will be done and those responsible will be named and shamed. The example of the Strickland Will is only the beginning.Malta still has to grasp the reality that nobody is above the law.
Joseph Saliba
Filwaqt li nikkundanna bil qawwa kollha il-mewt ta l-imigrant mil-Mali u minghajr ma nidhol fil mertu tal kaz innifsu, inhoss li ghandu jkun il ministeru u l-Gvern li jerghfu ir-responsabilita ta dak li gara, almenu sakemm tkun maghrufa il verita kollha. Ma narax ghax ghanda tigi kritikata l-oppozzizjoni sempliciment ghax taghmel xogholha.
Raymond Mintoff
"...PN claims Muscat is trying to score cheap political points." ....... what a cheek gonzipn/pn have been scoring political points for decades on the Nardu Debono case who also was in police custody. The labour government then also made all that was possible to solve the case and instituted a court case were 3 or 4 constables had given witness only to change their versions when there was a change in government. They also all got promotions.
Johann Zammit
Thanks to Dr. Muscat for speaking agresively about the case, that helped a lot.Today is a dark day for Malta.......................................
Emanuel Lia
xi hadd irid jerfa ir-rensponsabilita ta dak li gara il-bierah. f;ghajnejn in nies nistaw niqqabblu ma pajjiz Komunista.

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