PM chief of staff Keith Schembri makes his first public appearance in three months

Published: December 24, 2016 at 12:30am

They had to wheel him out for the hijack press conference, of course – and, oh look, they’ve even managed to locate the deputy prime minister. Those weapons were fake.

  • Spock

    If I had any doubts that it was all staged, they’ve all flown out of the window .

    • Dumbo

      Don’t let them fly out lest they get hijacked.

    • J Sammut

      We will see whether the press are allowed to speak with the “traumatised” crew and passengers, and whether the hijackers will be handed a prison sentence.

      Is there some Malta Today survey taking place right now?

  • Neil Dent

    So was Keith, ‘Instrumental in the intense, life & death negotiations with the ruthless, seasoned terrorists’?’ What a shameless photo-op. Muscat, Louis Grech, and Keith Schembri.

  • Ramon Garcia

    There’s something not quite right in all this. Seems all staged to me.

  • Evarist Saliba

    One of the strangest hijackings, if not the strangest, that I am aware of.

    – The reason for it is not known.

    – The hijackers acted like harmless persons, accepting easily what was demanded of them.

    – It is not clear at all who was talking to the hijackers on behalf of the government of Malta.

    – Were the negotiators at the airport or at the Office of the Prime Minister?

    I presume that, as usual, the people will be kept in the dark, with ‘information’ being meted out in dribs, and as convenient as possible to project a desirable image.

  • Jonathan
  • kev

    Okay, let me spoon-feed you. When you have a political message to convey – that being, ‘we are barred from forming a pro-Gaddafi party’ – you want to make sure things don’t get violently out of hand.

    I’m sure the passengers were told from the outset that they were to be released the moment they touched ground. Also, the chances that most of the passengers were Gaddafi loyalists is high, given that most Libyans have long recognised the West’s nefarious intentions in wrecking their country.

    • pete ross

      One Libyan lad told a foreign news reporter during the early days of the popular uprising against the tyrant:

      “We have lived for forty years under one tyrant, Gaddafi. We don’t want to live another forty years under seven Gaddafis”.

      In that simple sentence you have the reason why the people chose to die rather than live under Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and his six brothers and sisters.

  • bernie

    Next step will be an agreement between the two governments for the hijackers to serve the prison sentence in Libya.

  • La Redoute

    It’s not the Afriqiyah flight.

  • Spa

    Kemm iqarqu. Discharge Lounge ilha minn zmien il-PN. Li sar issa ghamlu kalonna bil-haxix u biddlu s-siggijiet ghal izjed moderni. XEJN izjed. TAL-BIZA DAN NIES.

  • Evarist Saliba

    What is wrong with you? Where did I write or imply that this hijack was connected with Islamist terrorism? Where did I say it was a hoax?

    I only said that it was strange and this is mainly due to the fact that hijackers demand something. Read carefully before you tap the keyboard.

  • Evarist Saliba

    I have read of many aircraft being hijacked, and in all cases, no exception, a running commentary went on, and this included what the hijackers were demanding, or hoping to achieve by their action.

  • J Sammut

    What exactly were the hijackers demanding from Malta?

  • rita schembri

    The show must go on.

  • J Sammut

    Weren’t we told he’s alive and kicking? Why are you doubting Muscat’s doublespeak?