Straight from the mouth of a local paper unaffiliated with any political party (click here for more details):
The SMS messages sent out by GRTU director Vince Farrugia in the wake of his assault show he was in contact with a third party, asking him to influence Malta Independent columnist Daphne Caruana Galizia to undermine his aggressor Sandro Chetcuti in her blog, the defence counsel told the court in the compilation of evidence against Chetcuti.
Lawyer Manwel Mallia was reacting to an objection by Farrugia’s legal counsel, who asked the court presiding over the prosecution of Sandro Chetcuti, to ban the publication of his client’s SMS text messages in the press.
The text messages, which have been published in MaltaToday, are part of the evidence brought by the defence in the prosecution of former GRTU director Sandro Chetcuti, who is accused with the attempted murder of Farrugia after assaulting him in the Valletta offices of the GRTU.
Dr Chris Busietta, appearing in parte civile for Farrugia, said a newspaper was publishing “irrelevant details” and defying a court order by publishing the text messages.
Chetcuti’s defence lawyer Manwel Mallia hit back at Busietta, saying the text messages revealed Vince Farrugia’s “manipulative” character.
“Who do you people think you are? Where do you think are in, a communist state? What is your client trying to hide?” Mallia said.
“The text messages show how Vince Farrugia tried to influence the media and amplify a simple case of slight injury into attempted murder,” Mallia said.
Mallia added that the texts show Vince Farrugia was in contact with a third party, urging him to instruct Malta Independent columnist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia to hit out at Sandro Chetcuti, himself, and other people.
“This is filth and Vince Farrugia wants to hide from it but he can’t hide from it and I won’t let him use a GRTU publication to continue his campaign,” Mallia said, referring to a recent outburst against Mediatoday managing editor Saviour Balzan in the GRTU’s pamphlet.
“I will defend every journalist’s right to publish the material Vince Farrugia himself chose to write… this is what you get in a communist state, using power and influence to get your way against people.”
Mallia also accused Vince Farrugia of using Caruana Galizia to fuel her blog in using is to “destroy other people and spread venom… so who wants to stop the media now? Is Vince Farrugia regretting it?”
I’ll leave it to the readers to conclude whether Daphne Caruana Galizia writes her articles independently to reflect her own thoughts. Or whether she’s guided or sadly manipulated by other people who dicatate what to write and on whom.