A recording of a three-way phone call after the shooting incident involving Manuel Mallia's driver shows that Acting Police Commissioner Ray Zammit told the Prime Minister's communications chief, Kurt Farrugia, that "warning shots" had been fired.

The conversation took place on November 19 shortly after Paul Sheehan fired shots at a car driven by Steve Smith after Mr Smith allegedly drove by the minister's car and smashed its side mirror.

A government statement issued on the night of the incident which spoke of warning shots having been fired into the air gave rise to controversy after it resulted that the shots were actually fired at Mr Smith's car, which was hit at least twice.

The pressure intensified after the Nationalist Party on Friday evening published transcripts related to this conversation. However, the reference to "warning shots" was not mentioned by the PN. 

The Opposition has called for Dr Mallia, Mr Zammit and Mr Farrugia to resign in the wake of the incident. 

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tells The Sunday Times of Malta in an interview today that he is waiting to see the conclusions of the inquiry board he set up - composed of three retired judges - before taking a political decision.

The board is expected to hand over its findings to the Prime Minister tomorrow.

 
Listen to recording of the phone conversation in the video above.
 

PC533: Hello

Control Room: Hello Sheehan?

PC533: Iva

Control Room: Is-surġenta mill-control room ħa ngħaddik mal-Kummissarju żomm il-linja please.

PC533: OK

… jgħaddi ftit ħin

PC533: Hello

… jgħaddi ftit ħin

PC533: Hello

PC533: Hello Hello   Hello

Control room: Żomm il-linja

PC533: OK

COP: żomm daqsxejn il-linja Kurt. Aw Sheehan.

PC533: Għidli sir.

COP: Il-Kummissarju. Isma tista’ tgħidli eżatti fejn inti kont ipparkjat il-Gżira?

PC533: Iva ehe.

COP: Kont ipparkjejt fejn il-Gżira? Fejn id-dar?

PC533: ehe fejn il-golden harvest.

COP: Mela dan kien ipparkjat, għax għandi lil Kurt bejnietna Farrugia. Mela dan kien ipparkjat il-Gżira sewwa inti kont fil-karozza?

PC533: le kont id-dar għand ommi bit-tifla.

COP: kont id-dar u kif indunajt, ħriġt?

PC533: Nisma’ ħoss kbir.

COP: Issa dan Kurt dan kellu l-karozza pparkjata għand ommu ……..  x-xufier tal-ministru sema’ ħoss kbir ħareġ barra u sab li l-karozza ovvjament li faqgħatlu l-karozza tal-ministru. Issa dan telaq jiġri Sheehan?

PC533: Mela.

COP: bil-karozza?

PC533: ehe.

COP: telaq bil-karozza jiġri issa x’ġara għax għadni qed nippassja.

PC533: Tlaqt niġri warajh

COP: Tlaqt tiġri warajh bil-karozza tal-Ministru?

PC533: ijwa mela.

COP: telaq jiġri warajh bl-istess karozza tal-Ministru, sewwa x’iżjed?

PC533: Wasalna fejn il-pixxina biex niftiehmu

COP: Waslu ħdejn il-pixxina. X’iżjed?

PC533: Kif rani warajh għafasni mal-ħajt.

COP: kif x’għamel?

PC533: kif rani ma wa

COP: eh ijja għidli Sheehan.

COP: Hello

COP: Sheehan

PC533: Aw Sir

COP: Sheehan għidli kif wasaltu l-pixxina x’ġara?

PC533: Għafasni mal-ħajt.

COP: kif waslu ħdejn il-pixxina għafsu mal-ħajt, ijwa.

PC533: U nżil għalih jien xejn aktar.

COP: l-individwu għafas lil Sheehan ix-xufier tal-Ministru mal-ħajt biex niftiehmu bil-karozza biex niftiehmu.

PC533: ehe eżatt

COP: issa hawnhekk ix-xufier tal-ministru, intkom waqaftu hawnhekk?

PC533: Ehe nżilt għalih.

COP: Issa hawnhekk waqfu ok Kurt, waqfu hemm ix-xufier tal-Ministru niżel ovvjament biex jara x’inhu jiġir, x’ġara aktar?

PC533: niżel warajja bil-flixkun jiġri għal fuqi.

COP: Niżel għalih bil-flixkun. Xi flixkun hu tax ?

PC533: Tal-Heineken, tal-Heineken.

COP: Flixkun tal-heineken għalih, x’iżjed?

PC533: Daħal jiġri ġol-Karozza.

COP: Daħal jiġri ġol-karozza u telaq.

PC533: Le ehe eżatt.

COP: Issa ġejin għalihom minuta, issa wara li telaq inti x’għamilt mort tiġri warajh?

PC533: le le wara hemmhekk tajtu ġiex tiri jien.

COP: Kif rikeb ġol-karozza?

PC533: mela.

COP: Kif rikeb ġol-karozza dan tah kemm il-tir tajtu?

PC533: tnejn

COP: tnejn jew tlieta

PC533: tnejn għandi jkun.

COP: għandu jkun żewġ tiri li jiftakar tah, żewġ warning shots. Imbagħad x’ġara?

PC533: xejn u u a u baqa’ isuq u waqqaftu taħt il-mina ta’ Santa Venera.

COP: Imbagħad reġgħu telqu jiġru wara xulxin u waqfu taħt il-mina fejn ir-roundabout tal-iskateboard ngħidilha jiena, le fejn ta’ l-Universita’ ir-roundabout tal-Universita’.
 
Note: Times of Malta is not yet in possession of a complete recording of this conversation.