Updated: JPO writes back to PN - points to claims by Joe Mizzi against RCC
Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando had written back to the PN Executive after the Executive asked him to revise his previous letter on the list of witnesses for his case calling for the expulsion of Richard Cachia Caruana from the PN (see http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120713/local/jpo.428427 )
In his new letter to president Marthese Portelli, Dr Pullicino Orlando wrote:
"You will appreciate that it is difficult to compress the testimony of each witness into a few paragraphs. That was why I had suggested two sittings of the PN Executive Committee to begin with. I had imagined that the first sitting would deal with the accusations and the second would be reserved for the 'defence', so to speak.
Since you are insisting that I go into further detail via e-mail I will, however, do my best to comply.
I would like to start with Hon. Joe Mizzi's allegations. Hon. Mizzi has declared, publicly, that:
"Mr. Richard Cachia Caruana, via a high-ranking member of the 1996-1998 Labour administration, exerted pressure on Hon. Mizzi who was effectively the Minister of the Interior in those days to supply him with security officials for protection due to an assassination attempt on Mr. Cachia Caruana a few years earlier which was unrelated to his official position but was simply a case of personal vendetta.
"Mr. Cachia Caruana tried to exert, via a high-ranking member of the 1996-1998 Labour administration, pressure on Hon. Mizzi who was effectively the Minister of the Interior in those days to replace the head of the Security Services for personal reasons."
Dr Pullicino Orlando also claimed that Mr Mizzi has implicated Mr. Cachia Caruana in alleged interference with the course of justice in relation to a cocaine party organised by individuals who were close to Mr Cachia Caruana.
He enclosed a link to Mr Mizzi's declaration on television to substantiate his claims.
He said he would be amplifying on the testimony of his other witnesses in separate e-mails.
Mr Cachia Caruana is strongly denying Dr Pullicno Orlando's claims.
MIZZI: CLAIMS ARE NOT NEW
In a statement, Mr Mizzi said he would not intervene further into the PN's internal 'battles' .
He said however that the statements he had made and which Dr Pullicino Orlando had referred to were not new and he had made them on previous occasions in public and in parliament. He was not bringing up these issues for the first time because of the case for the dismissal of Mr Cachia Caruana from the PN.