These are the headlines from Malta’s Newspapers:
The Independent speaks to Finance Minister Edward Scicluna about Bank of Valletta’s de-risking exercise, cutting ties with several companies. The minister said that the government cannot intervene in the bank’s decisions.
The Times asks Prime Minister Joseph Muscat whether the government is considering a deal with one of the three suspects behind the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Muscat replied that he does not generally believe in presidential pardons.
In-Nazzjon quotes Opposition Leader Adrian Delia who said in parliament that information about the Caruana Galizia investigation should be given by the Police Commissioner, not the press.
L-Orizzont covers a press conference by Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar who said that almost three-fourths of measures planned in the 2019 budget have been successfully implemented.
The Times follows the case of father Deo Debono who was handed a two-year jail term suspended for four years after pleading guilty to theft from Valletta convents. The former parish priest was also ordered to pay €9,500 to a victim of fraud.
L-Orizzont also reports on the sentence and says that investigators are not excluding the involvement of another person in the case. The paper says Fr Debono was being blackmailed following his arrest.
The Independent carries reactions by the Prime Minister to PN MP Jason Azzopardi’s comments that the 2017 general election was held early because the government was aware of a plot of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s life. The Prime Minister called the insinuation ‘hogwash’.
In-Nazzjon says that Joseph Muscat ‘does not know’ what he is being asked to testify about after the lawyer representing one of the suspects in the Caruana Galizia murder drew the Prime Minister in the list of witnesses.
CiConsulta – Media Monitoring Service