Readers who questioned the accuracy of our recent articles linking Malta's disgraced former Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, to cigarette smuggling, tuna laundering, fuel smuggling, and homicide might do well to read today's article in the Times of Malta. The article, entitled Lawyer for Malta's Underworld not in a Position to Decide on Pardons, details PM Robert Abela's former legal representation of the "Maksar Brothers," who were the alleged suppliers of the TNT bomb that killed the investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, three years ago. Joseph Muscat, while prime minister, named Abela, who is the son of a former president of Malta, as his personal advisor, in the Office of the Prime Minister.
The Maksars have close connections with the Sicilian Mafia, and we have been wondering about the purpose of Abela's summer visits to Sicily on his newly-purchased yacht. Abela lists his legal specialty as "Labor Law," but that field has no relationship to criminal defense, and labor relations lawyers are civil practitioners. It has been reported, however, that he represented the brothers personally, and not through his law firm.
Given attorney Abela's clientele, and the fact that his advisory position gives him access to each and every Cabinet meeting, as well as those the PM held with local "businessmen," the positions and goals of Abela's clients would certainly be made known at those meetings. Therefore, we must assume that their influence affected the decisions of Malta's government, then and now. What was a Mafia Lawyer doing as advisor to the prime minister, and how were decisions involving critical issues affecting Malta influenced ?