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Peter StClements

Peter StClements

Everywhere were corruption is allowed to flourish. In some places more than in others. We seem to be rushing to the head of the line lately.

01/11/2017

Peter StClements

Peter StClements

As good an interpretation of the state of affairs as I have seen yet. If only people had eyes to see and ears to hear. PS: Would suggest breaking up the paragraph in shorter ones. Makes it easier to follow. Otherwise - kudos to you.

01/11/2017

Joline Ribieri

Joline Ribieri

Probably it was already there when Gaddafi took over. RE: Hisham Matar "In the country of men"

01/11/2017

Joline Ribieri

Joline Ribieri

The book by Hisham Matar " In the country of men" published in 2006 (Viking ISBN 13978 06791643-6) covers the author`s youth during the rise of the Gaddafi regeme. It mentions oil trading with Malta. So that was about 1978-9 ??? at which time Gaddafi terrorism took over Malta (and Mintoff was PM).

01/11/2017

Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith

There is no such thing as 'no man's land', aquatic of otherwise. Every inch of this planet is watched, surveilled and listened to.

31/10/2017

Ivan Scicluna

Ivan Scicluna

Gaddafi was killed in October 2011

31/10/2017

Rita Saliba

Rita Saliba

Interesting and valid interpretation. Of course at this stage we're all tapping in the dark and everybody's surmise is as good as the other's. I have zero ambition to defend my conjecture - I'd be foolish even to toy with the idea. But then again....we know how Daphne was...when she got hot on the tracks of something that stinks, she was the bloodhound that has licked blood and so perhaps even though Marlowe might have started the ball rolling, Daphne could have been bringing things to the boil.....good old Daphne, what mettle! When will there be another like her?

31/10/2017

Tony AZ Borg

Tony AZ Borg

The clue is "Soon after the collapse of the Gaddafi regime". Is that a clear indication of how many years ago or what?

31/10/2017

Tony AZ Borg

Tony AZ Borg

Here is a clue, and I quote from the news report above "The international press started speaking about the smuggling of Libyan fuel soon after the collapse of the Gaddafi regime. " I think that should give you a time frame and who was in government at the time.

31/10/2017

Gerald Goodwin

Gerald Goodwin

Are we to get transparency on this investigation by our representatives and of DCGs murder, or will these be yet another massive cover up ??

31/10/2017

John Agius

John Agius

anyone still believes that our institutions do not need urgent intervention to save their faces ? the Prime minister a couple of days ago said to judge Our Commissioner by results . This is whet everyone is doing dear Prime Minister . Judging by results . A HUGE FIASCO !

31/10/2017

Gerald Goodwin

Gerald Goodwin

So, who is realy surprised about this announcement and as to why this country has such a bad reputation these days.

31/10/2017

Gerald Goodwin

Gerald Goodwin

NO ! No specific time span is mentioned in this article, YOU READ AGAIN !

31/10/2017

James McIntosh

James McIntosh

Why not, they are on watch at this time and it concerns Malta.

31/10/2017

James McIntosh

James McIntosh

This Government has been on watch since March 2013, Gaddafi's Government fell late 2011, if memory serves well I think it was August 2013. The report relates to" soon" after the fall of the Gaddafi Government. Muscat came to power in March 2013 Is that "soon" enough for you to understand that the investigation should have been carried out under this Labour Government's tenure

31/10/2017

James McIntosh

James McIntosh

Your lack of education , or understanding of the English language is not my concern, I stand by my words.

31/10/2017

Rita Saliba

Rita Saliba

"closet" ?! do you mean "toilet"?! .......divulging ?! are you sure this is the word you wanted to use here??...I've been chewing on your comment for the last 10 minutes and I must confess I can't make heads or tails of it.....quite honestly I don't even understand what point you're trying to make by posting it. In whose boots are you allocating the "dung"? In Pl's or PN's or both? Who will be accusing the UN experts, for what reasons and how will they manage to perform "incognito?!"...will they be wearing masks or macintoshes (pardon the pun)?

31/10/2017

Rita Saliba

Rita Saliba

There you go........all the arrows seem to be converging on one focal point. Let's hope nobody stands in the way of investigations which must be entrusted to foreign experts, institutions experienced in the battle against organised crime. I hope there no false pride on the Maltese side will get in theway. We simply don't have the knowledge and the epople qualified for this kind of task and it is no loss of true pride to admit it. There's a lot at stake and Labour would be wise to understand the relevance of having this crime solved beyond doubt to the whole Nation.

31/10/2017

john fenech

john fenech

The fuel smuggling from Libya was investigated and published by Ann Marlowe in 2015 and also reported in Islam Media Analysis in October 2016. The reports have extensive details of these operations and the persons involved. So it raises the question why whoever is implicated in the fuel smuggling target Daphne now and not two years ago? For that matter the reports were not investigated by Daphne but by Ann Marlowe. Therefore, is it probable that the connection of the fuel smuggling and Daphne’s murder is an opportune false flag?

31/10/2017

frank mallia

frank mallia

read this article properly ,this was reported since the murder of gaddafi with the help of your warmongering uk govt ;both sets of govts knew of all this stolen petrol ;stop blaming only this govt

31/10/2017

paula grech

paula grech

Darren Debono was Chief of Staff of Dr Joe Borg when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs . Dr Joe Borg left that post when he was appointed EU Commissioner for Fisheries. How convenient for Darren Debono

31/10/2017

Francis Sammut

Francis Sammut

But it did. Read again!

31/10/2017

Rita Saliba

Rita Saliba

Oh no please don't tell me we're onto yet another conspiracy theory! As though the world is not weighed down enough with a plethory of them....the Kennedy theory, the 9/11 theory, the Paul Mcartney theory, the John Lennnon theory, the Iraq war theory, the Ghaddafi theory, the Lockerbie theory....how can we cope with all this when we haven't even managed to solve a single one of them, after decades of trying! And now you come up with the oil smuggling conspiracy, implying between the lines that the bottom is much deeper than it looks and thereby implying that it would be best to keep out fingers off it because it is beyond our fathoms.....butNO, I DON'T BUY THIS ONE. We could and should have started with our Police taking the Italian anti-mafia intelligence agency seriously when they repeatedly delivered black-on-white details on how the whole operation was functioning. Someone, somewhere in Italy must have been clean and we, here and now in Malta could have contributed to that cleanliness if the Malta Police had wanted to......so come on now, the buck doesn't stop with your conspiracy theory. You would have been more honest if you had put your finger where it hurts and commented that there is no motivation in high circles on these Islands to get to the truth. All we have to do is follow the money. It always works. It brought down Nixon and will bring down anyone if practised with clean politicians' hands.

31/10/2017

matthias wille

matthias wille

The question is what "many years ago" means!

31/10/2017

Paul Vella

Paul Vella

The 'many years ago' does not say just how long ago. Before jumping to conclusions, that is the first question journalists should have asked before linking whoever to the Swiss accounts. If you are referring to the same minister I am thinking of, he was actually pardoned by the PL government>

31/10/2017

Peter Russell

Peter Russell

I think it's high time the entire Maltese police force is investigated. From such things as phoning their hunter and trapper friends to tell them a raid is going to take place to murders that are never investigated properly or indeed solved and everything in-between it would appear that the force is rotten to the core!

31/10/2017

anton cassar

anton cassar

The irony is that this Debono is very close to the former PN leadership

31/10/2017

John  Zammit

John Zammit

in the report it is alleged that many years ago Can any one from the paper name the first time they became aware of such cases

31/10/2017

Trevor Lorenzo Mizzi

Trevor Lorenzo Mizzi

the Knights of St. John did not get all their wealth from their individual rich family stipends, as "privateering " or piracy on the sea was part and parcel of their raison d'être. So they would have felt very comfortable with this Libyan oil smuggling scheme, which by the way goes higher that the Sicilian mafia and corrupt Maltese politicians and corrupt Maltese police. The chaos in Libya has to be kept going according to the elite's masterplan and arms cost money, so their Libyan oil is good as payment.

31/10/2017

Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Agreed and it has been so for the past two decades or so due to political intrigue instead of transparent, accountable and independent execution.

31/10/2017

Andrew Camilleri

Andrew Camilleri

I cannot understand why the Times reporter did not ask previous PN ministers since these reports were made 'many years ago'. Was it not a former PN Minister for Energy who was discovered to have some big sums of money hidden away in a Swiss bank account? Is there any link there as to why no police action was taken against him?

31/10/2017

Trevor Lorenzo Mizzi

Trevor Lorenzo Mizzi

it talks everywhere else in the world too.

31/10/2017

N Attard

N Attard

"There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate."

31/10/2017

N Attard

N Attard

Then they want us to have trust in the police force. Who knows who may be in these peoples' pockets!

31/10/2017

Edward Mallia

Edward Mallia

When an engineer from Salerno working in Calabria got in the way of a Santapaola-ndrangheta group of contractors, the Sicilians provided the "technology" to remove Gaetano Musella. On the morning of 3 rd May 1982, Musella was blown to pieces as he pulled the self-starter of his car outside his house.

31/10/2017

Trevor Lorenzo Mizzi

Trevor Lorenzo Mizzi

their hands were tied and they could do nothing about this. You have to consider that this goes much deeper than the Malta police.

31/10/2017

Victor Bonello

Victor Bonello

I have given up..

31/10/2017

henry fenech azzopardi

henry fenech azzopardi

The more such news comes out the more i am convinced that this was a political murder. The reason is obvious. The police were asked to investigate and did nothing. So even for one moment the murder is linked to the oil scandal the police did not take action months ago and Joseph Muscat talks about trust in his Police Commissioner.

31/10/2017

t kitson

t kitson

Malta always MONEY, It talks.

31/10/2017

t kitson

t kitson

So they didn,t bother any more then? They had done their bit, What a Lash up !!

31/10/2017

t kitson

t kitson

Very True !

31/10/2017

t kitson

t kitson

Sounds about right for Malta! The Police (What Police?) Did ok from it I,ll bet !

31/10/2017

kenneth goodale

kenneth goodale

The corruption in Malta is on the list in all the countries in Europe as read in in the British newspapers

31/10/2017

Rita Saliba

Rita Saliba

I'm no Sherlock Holmes and I am far from claiming that I know "whodunnit", but with my humble efforts to put two and two together, my gut feeling is that this was a Falcone-Borsellino clone. Sicilian Mafia tactics to the detail. Thirty million - probably much more - is motivation enough to kickstart the sicilian Santapaola-Ercolano clan into action. Daphne was in their way. Maltese governments, PN and PL had proved no threat to the racket, toothless as a a new-born babe. Both parties had brushed all warnings, all information under the carpet for years. Exhortations by the Italian anti-mafia commission were ignored. So no danger to the lolly from that direction. Libya was no threat either, considering the lawlessness that rules there. The transloading of the stolen fuel on Hurds bank, aquatic no-man's land was working beautifully thank you. The subsequent bunkering at The (once) Grand Harbour (if the Knights of St. John had known how their harbour would end up, they would have gun powdered it to smithereens!) was buzzing nicely. The "legitimisation" of import in Italy and re-selling on false documents was humming sweetly. The money-laundering via Malta was running smoothly too. A pretty penny was comfortably flowing steadily, and many were happy, we'll never know how many........then comes this housewife-blogger from some village on this insignificant drop in the Mediterranean, and her disclosures threaten to spoil the fun for the whole rotten lot. To catch a thief you have to identify with him. If you switch the mind into Mafia-mode, it was for them the logical sequence......seal her lips, smash her keyboard. My - most probably vain - hope is that the truth comes out and the whole blood-smeared lot rot in some prison for the rest of their worthless lives.

31/10/2017

James McIntosh

James McIntosh

One is to presume that the "UN Experts" will be accused of being closet PL supporters incognito, and are now divulging this to show Malta and Muscat's administration in a bad light. The dung just gets piled higher and higher for this Executive.

31/10/2017

Rachel Galea

Rachel Galea

sometime they are not even capable of directing traffic

31/10/2017

Jay Oatmon

Jay Oatmon

Mafia Malta seems to fit the situation.

31/10/2017

C. Attard

C. Attard

No wonder our high institutions lost their voice without any explanation lately, it looks as if big money bought their silence!

31/10/2017

Ray Zerafa

Ray Zerafa

Why? "There are crooks everywhere you look now"

31/10/2017

RCalleja

RCalleja

Something is not right here. Either (a) Set a thief to catch a thief scenario, allowing our "businessmen" to do their clandestine business, as long as a foreign police force swoop down on them, thus it's not the Maltese authorities who dirty their hands; or (b) we are so untrustworthy that little or no intelligence is shared with our authorities, as they think we are a sieve, or (c) Malta has become a quaint little island attracted to the entrepreneurial spirit of pirating. I'm in awe at how an ex national football player learned the ropes of conducting business and allegedly is now involved in "dirty oil operation". Live and let live, but don't get in the way!

31/10/2017