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World Protesters egg Malta’s justice minister as tensions mount over handling of investigation into journalist’s killing

03:50  04 december  2019
03:50  04 december  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Maltese Justice Minister Owen Bonnici was walking into a meeting with a European Parliament delegation in Valletta, Malta ’ s capital, on Tuesday when an egg flew toward him from a crowd gathered nearby. He ducked, but the egg struck his upper arm. Yolk dripped down the sleeve of his suit jacket

Maltese Justice Minister Owen Bonnici was walking into a meeting with a European Parliament delegation in Valletta, Malta ’ s capital, on Tuesday when an egg flew toward him from a crowd gathered nearby. He ducked, but the egg struck his upper arm. Yolk dripped down the sleeve of his suit jacket

a group of people walking on a road: Malta's justice minister egged by protesters© Provided by The Washington Post Malta's justice minister egged by protesters Maltese Justice Minister Owen Bonnici was walking into a meeting with a European Parliament delegation in Valletta, Malta’s capital, on Tuesday when an egg flew toward him from a crowd gathered nearby.

He ducked, but the egg struck his upper arm. Yolk dripped down the sleeve of his suit jacket as police swooped in to escort him from the scene and protesters yelled, “Shame on you!”

The incident was the latest demonstration of dissatisfaction from the people of Malta, where thousands have joined in protests in recent days demanding the immediate resignation of the prime minister amid mounting controversy over the government’s handling of an investigation into the 2017 car-bomb killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Maltese Justice Minister Owen Bonnici was walking into a meeting with a European Parliament delegation in Valletta, Malta ’ s capital, on Tuesday when an egg flew toward him from a crowd gathered nearby. He ducked, but the egg struck his upper arm. Yolk dripped down the sleeve of his suit jacket

▶️Angry protesters threw an egg at Malta ' s justice minister on Tuesday, December 3, as he arrived at a meeting to discuss the murder of journalist Daphne

The investigative journalist reported extensively on the alleged corruption of the Maltese elite, including some of its top politicians.

Malta's justice minister Owen Bonnici, escorted by police, arrives to the Prime Minister's office before a meeting between Members of the European Parliament, part of a fact-finding mission, and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, in Valletta, Malta December 3, 2019.© REUTERS/Vincent Kessler Malta's justice minister Owen Bonnici, escorted by police, arrives to the Prime Minister's office before a meeting between Members of the European Parliament, part of a fact-finding mission, and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, in Valletta, Malta December 3, 2019. On Sunday, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he would step down in January over concerns about the case. Two weeks earlier, Yorgen Fenech, a Maltese businessman, was detained on his yacht in connection with the journalist’s killing. Fenech is pleading not guilty to complicity to murder. Muscat’s chief of staff resigned last month amid allegations that he was connected to Caruana Galizia’s killing, but he has denied wrongdoing.

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Thousands of protesters gathered outside Malta ' s Courts of Justice on Sunday calling for the immediate resignation of Maltese Prime Minister , Joseph Muscat, over the handling of the investigation into the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Muscat also denies personal involvement but said he is resigning because he understands he must “shoulder everyone’s responsibilities, even where I am not involved.”

On Monday, protesters tried to block him and members of his party from leaving the Maltese parliament building, some of them shouting, “Assassins!”

Bonnici was egged Tuesday as the European Parliament began its own fact-finding operation, amid concerns that Malta’s institutions have been unable to appropriately handle the case.

Sophia in ‘t Veld, a European Parliament lawmaker from the Netherlands, told reporters gathered outside the Maltese prime minister’s office on Tuesday that a meeting with Muscat that morning did not boost her confidence in the government.

“We have made it very clear that there is a problem,” in 't Veld said. “This is not just between the prime minister and the Maltese people. It is between Malta and the European Union.”

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