One can imagine what Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife Michelle went through before the conclusions of the Egrant inquiry were published. That is why we Maltese citizens, who want to live a normal life founded on noble principles and Christian values, have been insisting that the truth should prevail and justice served.
All those of us who gathered in the thousands, publicly proclaiming our opposition to corruption, did not rally out of spite or to demand revenge. We wanted to make a statement against corruption and simply wanted to live as honest citizens.
The editorial of The Sunday Times of Malta (July 29) rightly pointed out that “while justice may have been served with the Prime Minister and his wife over Egrant, truth has only been partially told”. As much as the Prime Minister and his wife wanted the Egrant inquiry to be concluded fast so that one and all may know that they were innocent, so all of us want the other magisterial inquiries to be concluded as soon as possible so that those who are at fault are brought to justice.
Unless people like Maria Efimova, the whistleblower, and Simon Busuttil, then Leader of the Opposition, knew beforehand that the documents in hand were false, none of them should be accused of lying or being crooks. There was a misjudgment, yes, but they surely acted in good faith, like all of us, for their only aim was to fight tooth and nail against corruption.
If we want to save our island from this miserable and sorry state, all concerned, of whatever colour and creed, should unite and leave no stone unturned to bring to justice all those who are involved in matters related to money laundering and other corrupt practices.
This should be the aim of all political parties and citizens of goodwill. Let the Prime Minister and all prominent leaders lead by example and see that the common good and the public interest supersede all other private and partisan interests.