No, Prime Minister: it’s not all right and my bank account is still frozen

Published: February 16, 2017 at 7:30pm

The Prime Minister told journalists who challenged him about the matter this morning, that we can stop talking about the freezing of my bank account because:

“In the case of Minister Cardona and Mrs Caruana Galizia, I believe the situation is that the garnishee order is absorbed through the crowd funding, the funds have been gathered.” – The Malta Independent

Another newspaper quoted him as saying that the matter has been sorted because the money has been deposited in court and my bank account is no longer frozen.

Absolute rubbish: my bank account is still as frozen as one of his mate Putin’s Siberian prisons and I am living off cash hand-outs from family members.

The money has not been deposited in court because the transfer from the crowd-funding site has a standard delay of several days. Meanwhile, last Monday my lawyer mounted a challenge to the precautionary warrants, the Minister for the Economy and his EU presidency policy aide have been formally served at the Ministry for the Economy with formal notice of that, and we have been summoned to court to be heard out on this matter in a week’s time.

One of the grounds for revocation of a precautionary warrant is malicious intent – and Minister Cardona walked right into that one by spreading himself all over town talking about how he only did it to because he can’t stand my guts and will not be doing it to anyone else. The official ministerial statement, released through the government’s Department of Information, was particularly specific in this regard and has been appended to my formal application to the courts.

The crowd-funded money is to be transferred to a bank account administered by lawyers who are not my legal advisers from where it will be deposited in court pending a ruling on the revocation of the precautionary warrants.

Meanwhile, I wish to publicly thank the many lawyers who came forward to offer their advice.

The Prime Minister’s remarks to the press today were fatuous, implying that what his sordid cabinet minister did is of no importance now because 1,250 people stepped in to save the day (so that’s all right, then) – and this means he needn’t order his minister to withdraw the warrants.

But as Cardona told Reno Bugeja of TVM’s Dissett, when Bugeja asked him whether he had the Prime Minister’s approval or permission for doing it: “I don’t need the permission and approval of the Prime Minister.”

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  • Max

    What member of cabinet in his right mind would say “I don’t need the permission or approval of the Prime Minister”?

    Ignore the sheer arrogance of the statement; rather question how he can make such an obviously derogatory remark about his own leader without any apparent concern of the consequences for his career.

    How can the PM tolerate this? How can the PM allow this insubordination to continue to go unchecked and expect to present himself as the legitimate leader of his party at the forthcoming election?

    • canon

      “How can the PM tolerate this?” The PM is the instigator.

  • observer

    L.A.B. – Lies and Absolute Bullshit. Should one expect anything else in this situation? I don’t.
    “I did not need the P.M’s approval AND HE KNEW ABOUT IT” were the Axman’s exact words.

  • Sun Tzu

    This is rich. I know you’ve written it yourself in your post but I must repeat it as a sanity check.

    Minister Cardona’s precautionary warrant is forgiven and forgotten and will not tarnish the Maltese government’s reputation not because he has withdrawn it, but because crowd-funders came to the rescue. Please tell me that I have misunderstood the PM’s statement.

  • David Attard

    Quoting Muscat from above clip, “Riedna nibghatu messagg car hafna. Jien mhu han’halli lil hadd illi jtebba isem dal-gvern jew isem pajjizna billi jghid illi m’hawn demokrazija jew li m’hawnx liberta tal-istampa” – doesn’t he realise that it is a contradictory statement?

    Is it democratic not to allow anyone to state that there is no democracy?

  • La Redoute

    I see the prime minister too is pretending that Joseph Gerada wasn’t at a brothel with Cardona and hasn’t perjured himself in court like Cardona did, taking a false oath twice as justification for freezing your bank account.

  • And materialistic. But there is one difference: he’s not interested in sex.

  • John Doe

    There is no democracy and freedom of expression.

  • Matthew

    “In the case of Minister Cardona and Mrs Caruana Galizia, I believe the situation is that the garnishee order is absorbed through the crowd funding, the funds have been gathered.”

    The exact same reason why people dying with cancer have to go begging at the Community Chest Fund after its annual fundraiser.

  • elektra

    In a way this reminds me of Alfred Sant’s statement back in the day that the Times of Malta ie the owners should not complain about their building being burnt own because as a result they have a ‘much nicer’ building. He may have thought that he was being drole but he really wasn’t.