The Laundry Man by Kenneth Rijock ( Penguin/Random House UK)

Sunday, March 21, 2021

MALTA'S FORMER PRIME MINISTER APPROVED THE ARRESTS, NOW FEARS HE WILL BE KILLED IN RETALIATION

 

                                 
          

 


Joseph Muscat, Malta's disgraced ex-Prime Minister, reportedly personally approved yesterday's eleven arrests for money laundering and corruption, and he now remains at home 24/7, worried that the defendants will order a murder by contract upon him. Muscat, while no longer in office, is essentially a strongman in control of the Republic of Malta, and no major criminal charges are filed there without his specific confirmation and consent.

Our sources report that Muscat is relying solely upon MP Glenn Bedingfield for contact with the outside world, as he remains inside his high-security residence. Bedingfield has been seen delivering groceries and other necessities. Two armed bodyguards are known to be on duty at all times to protect the titular head of the Labour Party, which controls the country's police department and Attorney General with an iron hand, through corrupt payments and other privileges.

Whether Muscat survives remains an open question, given Malta's sordid reputation as the assassination capital of the European Union. Car bombs and the use of firearms are the most commonly used means of eliminating adversaries. We hope he remains healthy, so that he can stand trial for his many sins and transgressions, so that justice may be served.

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