MALTA, ANTIMAFIA COMMISSION WILL BEGIN TALKS
Today the Italian antimafia Commission will begin official talks with representatives of the Maltese democratic institutions. Rosi Bindi, the president of the Commission described the official visit as an opportunity for dialogue between Malta and Italy to support its commitment to fight organized crime. Yesterday afternoon, Rosi Bindi was present for the mass concelebrated by the Archbishop of Malta Charles J. Scicluna in the church of Bidnija, located just a few meters from the area where the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed last week. “Our presence here is the best example of solidarity with the Caruana Galizia family and the Maltese people,” said Bindi.
The president of the antimafia Commission confirmed the appeal of Archbishop Scicluna not to abandon or leave Malta alone. This was reinforced during their meeting. Rosi Bindi said that Italy has a long history of violent attacks against journalists, magistrates, police and other officials carrying out their duty. Bindi reaffirmed that Caruana Galizia was assassinated because she always performed her journalistic duty to inform the public.
The president of the antimafia Commission referred to drug trafficking, immigration, illegal gambling and smuggling of petrolium as the criminal activities of the Italian Mafia using Malta as their base.