Abela would not recognise integrity if it were staring at him in the face. He is a product of his mentor and master, Joseph Muscat.
He may want to take into account that the person being accused in court of fraud is not the one he implied was responsible for the alleged fraud in the Egrant matter but his best friend, and the man he appointed to be the most powerful man in the land during his administration.
Premeditated murder is not a mistake. It’s a crime. Earning millions of euros illicitly (off taxpayers’money) is not a mistake. It’s a crime. Corruption in the prime minister’s office is not a mistake. It’s a crime.
Democracy doesn’t go out with a bang, with an apocalyptic event. Democracies are dismantled in hard to perceive steps: take over the executive, take over the judiciary, take over the police, take over the institutions, take over the media. Bribe a media house. Democracies are dismantled when people don’t mobilise because their attention is diverted to smokescreens, to manufactured lies, conspiracies and enemies.
They gave him a hero’s send-off. They depicted him as a saviour, a saint and a martyr, the ultimate politician and statesman. They should have depicted him as he really is – reprehensible, repugnant, repulsive and revolting. They should have told him “good riddance to bad rubbish”.