Free Barabbas

“But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.”

Matt 27:20

History repeats itself, because human nature does not change much. People have chosen Barabbas countless times throughout the centuries.

Konrad Mizzi set up a secret company shortly after his party, the Labour party (PL), was elected in 2013.

When he set up the company, he was the Minister responsible for Energy.

His company was to receive some 5,000 euros DAILY from another secret company called 17 Black.

This is all supported by official documents.

The police commissioner thought that this did not call for an investigation, although the Financial Analysis Intelligence Unit (FIAU) felt strongly otherwise.

The Prime Minister did not believe he should remove Mizzi from office and did not. He chose to protect his friend over integrity.

In 2017 general election was held, and the party to which Konrad Mizzi belongs (PL) won the general election by a landslide victory.

The electorate chose Barabbas. Mizzi, who contested the election, garnered an exceptionally high amount of votes.

This fact that the Labour Party (PL) won by a landslide victory and that Mizzi garned an extremely large number of votes was spun by PL as proof that Konrad Mizzi was innocent of any wrong-doing.

Of course this is pure disinformation.

The rule of law dictates that innocence or guilt are not determined by the number of votes the person amasses in a general election, but by the courts of law.

Those people who believe that Konrad Mizzi’s innocence was proven by the faith the electorate placed in him or in the Labour party are misguided.

Such a belief is belief in “mob rule” rather than in the rule of law.

But the courts of law cannot decide whether a person is innocent or guilty if a person is not prosecuted. And he cannot be prosecuted if he is not investigated.

Consider what Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri (now emeritus) said:

“According to article 346(1) of the Criminal Code it is the duty of the Police to preserve public order and peace, to prevent and to detect and investigate offences, to collect evidence, whether against or in favour of the person suspected of having committed that offence, and to bring the offenders, whether principals or accomplices, before the judicial authorities. If this does not take place justice cannot take its course.”

Last year, Reuters revealed shown that the 5,000 euros daily to be paid to Konrad Mizzi would be coming from Yorgen Fenech, one of the principal investors in the power station built after the 2013 election.

The police commissioner still believed that this did not warrant an investigation into Mizzi’s affairs.

The Prime Minister still did not believe he should remove Mizzi from office and did not. He chose to protect his friend over integrity once again.

The National Audit Office (NAO) found several irregularities in the tendering process.

The tender was awarded to a consortium. Yorgen Fenech’s company accounted for around a third of the consortium.

Last week, Fenech was implicated in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Mizzi was reported as saying he “stands tall” saying he was “offended” by the suggestion that his name would be among those businessman Yorgen Fenech was seeking a pardon to identify according to a report by The Times of Malta.

Mizzi has no reason to stand tall. He has every reason to hang his head in shame.

Mizzi should be thoroughly investigated by the police without fear or favour, and bought to justice.

The police commissioner needs to do his job for a change. If he needs help in understanding what his job is, he needs to read the Police Act.

By not investigating him four years ago, the police commissioner failed to do his duty.

The Prime Minister should stop shielding Mizzi and remove him from office. The fact that he did not makes him an accomplice to Mizzi and an accomplice in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination.

The time when Barabbas will receive his just deserts is close. Nothing can prevent it from happening.