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EUParliament for International Enquiry on Web-Journalist Daphne Murder in Malta, after State Failed

Written by ACM
Thursday, 28 March 2019
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- In an UnExpected Last-Minute, Hard-Fought but Succesfull Move, a Crystal-Clear Majority of 315 against 236 MEPs Voted an Amendment urging European Institutions and Member States to initiate an "International Enquiry" on the Brutal Murder, by a Bomb Explosion, of WebNews Independent Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana-Galizia in Malta, after the blatant Failure of the current Government to find Who and Why was the Instigator, while also Harassment still persists there, even against the Victim's Family and her Memory...

(Comp., among others, also: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/webjournalistmurder.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidentoncoeandjournalistmurder.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/daphnewebjournalistmurderenquiry.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/daphnepressfreedomandcorruption.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/rsfleaderondaphnemurderandjournalism.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucoenewsondaphnemurder.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/webmediaandpluralism.html, etc).  

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 - "Our (EU's) Agencies Europol and Eurojust (that MEPs' Resolution asks to Strengthen) are fully Available", confirmed EU Commissioner for Justice, Eva Jourova, speaking to the relevant EU Parliament's Plenary Debate, Earlier this week in Strasbourg, (Monday Afternoon), and "Agree(d)" with them that EU Commission "has" to pursue "a Dialogue with Malta", particularly on notorious Problems about "Independence of the Judiciary" (etc), "and We (EU) are going to Do so", she promised.  

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+ Meanwhile, in Addition, since EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani, speaking to "Eurofora", had timely expressed his Readiness to Cooperate also with the CoE in the Investigations on Daphne's Murder, (See: ..., etc), the PanEuropean Organisation's Assembly's special Rapporteur, Experienced Top MEP Peter Omtzigt from the Netherlands, was preparing, in parallel, a 2nd Hearing on that unresolved yet case,    and relevant Developments (including, perhaps, inside its "Monitoring" Committee, etc) are expected during CoE Assembly's forthcoming Spring 2019 Plenary Session in Strasbourg, on early April.     

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=> According to the exact Wording of the relevant Resolution, adopted Today, EU Parliament "Calls on (all) the EU Institutions" (i.e. also the Commission and the Council of Heads of State/Government), as well as on "the Member States", "to Initiate an independent International public Inquiry into the Murder of Daphne Caruana-Galizia", Extending Also into "the alleged Cases of Corruption, Financial Crimes, Money Laundering, Fraud and Tax Evasion reported by her, (among others also potential affairs), which Involve High-Ranking, current and former Public Officials of Malta", (up to the Prime Minister himself), as it reminds.

Meanwhile, CoE's "Venice Commission" ...highlighted", since "December 2018", that "it is an International Obligation of the Government [of Malta] to Ensure that the Media and Civil Society can play an Active Role in Holding Authorities Accountable", and this Includes a "Positive Obligation of States to Protect Journalists", as EU Parliament's Resolution reminds.

++ The Particularity of that Problem in Malta currently, became even more Obvious, after Recent Developments and Earlier MEPs' Debates, since anOther Murder, which Followed that of Daphne, this time in Slovakia, also of a Web Journalist (but working for Big Corporations, while Daphne's WebNews was a Brave Individual Creation of herself Alone), that of Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, on the Contrary, was almost Fully and Efficiently Investigated by the Slovak Authorities, who found and arrested 4 Suspects for the Killing, in Addition to prosecuting and Charging anOther Suspect as Instigator, Unveiled Links with Corruption Networks, and were Now Expected to extend the search also to the eventual Political Context of that case !

 - That's why EU Parliament's Resolution "Welcomes the Charges brought by the Slovak Authorities against the alleged Instigator of the Murders of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova, and the alleged Perpetrators of the Murder", while also "call(ing) ... to Continue the Investigation ...and to Ensure that All Aspects ("including ...Political") of the case are Fully Investigated", according to another Last-Minute Amendment, adopted Today with an even Wider Majority of 324 against 211 Votes.

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(+ This Strange, Big Contrast between the current Governments of Malta and Slovakia, had been initially Highlighted also by the co-Rapporteur Sophia in't Veld, Liberal Mep from the Netherlands, at a Committee's Meeting, a Month ago, but, apparenly, it was, meanwhile, Watered Down in the Draft Resolutionn, after immediate Reactions by various "Socialist" MEPs then, as "Eurofora" had observed. So that, Today, it's by Adding a Specific Amendement, tabled by the "Greens", led this Week here by German MEP Sven Giegold, that EU Parliament's Plenary became able to Clarify that Key point)...

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+ Moreover, "Slovakia’s Prime Minister, and other High-ranking Government members, as well as the deputy General Prosecutor, and the Chief of Police, Resigned", in the context of "Kuciak's Murder",  while, on the Contrary, in Malta ...Nobody Resigned (yet) since Daphne's Murder ! 

 

++ Even Worse : Until Nowadays, "the Family of Daphne Caruana Galizia has to deal with Hate campaigns and Libel suits even After her Death, including from Members of the Maltese Government (up to the Prime Minister !), and the Deputy Prime Minister has indicated that he does Not believe withdrawing these libel suits is necessary". At the same time, "the Family and Friends of Daphne ...Also have to deal with ... Removal and Destruction of Remembrance items", EU Parliament's Resolution denounces.

- Already, Daphne's Youngest Son, Paul, (a London School of Economics' student), had told "Eurofora" that the Long Delay withOut Any Findings, by the current Maltese Authorities, of any Instigator, neither of the Motive of that Murder, might Risk even to let those who had been Detained as Suspects for simply Executing the Killing, to get Out of Jail... More Recently, Daphne's Husband, Peter, also told "Eurofora", during an event in her honour in Strasbourg, that "the (Maltese Authorities') Investigation is Stuck !"

+ Thus, earlier this Month, "Reporters wihout Borders"' International Director, Dr. Michael Rediske from Germany, replied to an "Eurofora" Question with a Bitter Denonciation of the fact that "Those who Can act, do Not want to do so !" But, "unfortunately, we canNot send them to the Haye International Criminal Court", he regretted...

++ Moreover, EU Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, denounced, earlier this week in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, also the Fact that "for Malta, the (EU) Commission is Concerned about the Lack of Efficiency in handling High-profile Corruption cases, at both the level of Investigation and Prosecution".

 - It's "UnBearabla that the Instigators of that Murder have Not Yet been Arrested, and that, perhaps, I'm afraid, the Release of the Executors is Prepared", Warned MEP Ana Gomes from Portugal, who had Led the EU Mission to Malta after the Murder of Daphne.

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 -  The reason is that "the investigation is Blocked by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who commands the Police and the Attorney general", while "everything points to the Capture of the Government by the Mafia, being Behind the Murder", the outspoken MEP denounced.

+ And "It is InTolerable that Joseph Muscat continues to Protect the Corrupt ....in his Government, while persisting to Attack those who ask Justice for Daphne, including her Children, Persecuting them with Libel procedures", etc, (Comp. Supra).

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Among the "Numerous Areas of Concern", noted by EU Parliament's Resolution, are also :

-  the "general and systematic Shortcomings in the fight against Money Laundering’ in Malta";  

- "the Maltese FIAU Breached its obligations’ under the EU anti- money laundering legislation and ...it did not fully implement the EBA recommendation";

- "some particular Banking institutions ...do Not comply with all regulatory Standards and requirements, (as is illustrated by the case of the Pilatus Bank and the withdrawal of its licence by the European Central Bank (ECB);

- "the ‘Egrant’ inquiry Report is not publicly available; ....Only the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and the Prime Minister’s communications officer have access to the full unredacted inquiry report".

- even if "the available conclusions do not confirm the claims linking the ownership of Egrant Inc. to the Maltese Prime Minister and his Wife", nevertheless, "subsequently no inquiry was launched to uncover the beneficial ownership of Egrant, which still remains to be clarified;"

- "Revelations concerning the beneficial owner of the ‘17 Black’ company - now claimed to be the CEO of Tumas Group, who was awarded a contract by the Maltese Government to construct the ElectroGas power station on Malta - further underline the Need for more Transparency regarding Financial interests and links to members of Government;"

- Malta "Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, and the current Minister of Tourism and former Minister of Energy, are the Only acting High-ranking Government Officials in any EU Member State who were found to be beneficial Owners of a legal Entity exposed in the Panama Papers;" Moreover, "the Latter ... made Declarations that Contradicted Documents";

- "Residency requirements for applicants for the Maltese investor Citizenship and residence scheme ... (are) not in line with the conditions ... agreed with the Commission in 2014" ;

- "allegations regarding the sale of Medical and Schengen visas in Libya and Algeria by Maltese officials", etc.,

- In such a Context, "Journalists, and in particular ...investigative journalists, are increasingly faced with ...Lawsuits  ... against them, intended purely to frustrate their work"

- "the Family of Daphne Caruana Galizia has to deal with Hate campaigns and Libel suits even After her Death, including from Members of the Maltese Government"; (etc+)...

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=> This Resolution was Adopted by EU Parliament's Plenary, Today at Noon, with a Big Majority of 348 against Only 85 Votes, and 64 Abstentions

- In fact, Daphne's WebNews Site is full also of Many Other Issues, in Various Areas, where her Critical approach had led her to Investigate eventual scandals. Thus, it seems that a More Thorough, Deep and Wider Examination of her Publications should be done for a comprehensive investigation of ALL possible motives which might explain her Murder.

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+In Addition, Today's Resolution includes also several developments concerning Wider Issues of EU's possible role on Rule of Law monitoring in Member States, which need serious analysis ad hoc.

 

 

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(NDLR: "DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora"'s Subscribers/Donors Earlier. A more Accurate, Full Final Version, might be Published asap).

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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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