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Quotes of The Week

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    “Is this another opportunity to reflect on the detention policy?” Archbishop Paul Cremona and Gozo Bishop Mario Grech urging authorities to rethink the 18-month detention policy of irregular immigrants after the recent death of a Malian in...

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    “I’m planning to present irrefutable evidence.” Nationalist MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando insisting he will back his claims that Richard Cachia Caruana colluded with high-ranking members of the Labour administration to “feather his nest” in...

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    “We would never go against the rules of the IOC. It’s not worth it.” Mr Justice Lino Farrugia Sacco, who heads Malta’s Olympic Committee, denies allegations that he offered to sell Winter Olympic tickets allocated to Malta for resale. “I realise...

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    “I apologise to passengers. It should never have happened.” Finance Minister Tonio Fenech ex­pressing regret at the mishaps afflicting the Gozo Channel ferry service in the past week, including delaying the ship for 35 minutes to allow orchestra...

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    “The vote was clear and unconditional.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi’s reaction after securing a vote of confidence in his government brought about after Nationalist MP Franco Debono voted with the opposition to oust the Home Affairs...

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    “Ask the Prime Minister.” Backbencher Franco Debono’s first reaction after voting with Labour’s motion of no-confidence in the Home Affairs Minister. “I had said the GonziPN system would implode and it has now imploded.” Labour leader Joseph...

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    “Honourable Debono, you are not the be-all and end-all of this House.” Acting Speaker Ċensu Galea stopping Nationalist MP Franco Debono from pursuing his tirade against the government, during the censure motion against Home Affairs Minister...

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    “The system stinks. It leads to a hiccupping court system with repeated six-week intervals between hearings.” Criminal lawyer Joe Brincat lambasting the six-week maximum period between each hearing allowed by law. “Malta’s system lacks...

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    “Dictatorial.” Labour MP Adrian Vassallo hitting out at his leader Joseph Muscat’s reaction after he voted against the divorce Bill. “He is obviously hurt.” Labour leader Joseph Muscat reacting to MP Adrian Vassallo’s accusations of...

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    “Those who choose public life are open to scrutiny.” Nationalist MP Francis Zammit Di­mech defending journalists’ rights during a parliamentary committee debate on revisiting media laws. “Society is shocked by the mistakes... someone has to...

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    “The Prime Minister was clear: the party cannot continue to bend over backwards to appease him.” Nationalist Party sources giving an insight into the Prime Minister’s decision to call MP Franco Debono’s bluff and forge ahead with the government’s...

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    “The prosecution had time to correct the mistake.” Mr Justice David Scicluna throwing out the Attorney General’s appeal over a mistake that led to a defrocked priest to be cleared of rape on a boy 20 years ago. “Is life that cheap?” Paul Vella,...

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    “How can I work if I have to be home by 10 a.m.?” Somali Osman Omar questioning the futility of applying for a job when he had just 150 minutes of freedom – he is out on bail after serving five years in prison until his trial on accusations of...

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    “The controversy arose before people had even watched the film.” Eden Century Cinemas spokes­man Simon De Cesare saying the film Dear Dom was attracting thousands due to the mixed emotions elicited by former premier Dom Mintoff. “What they said –...

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    “I always had a suspicion Mr Gauci was paid because his version... changed many times.” Lawyer Giannella de Marco, who formed part of Abdelbaset Ali Mo­hmed Al Megrahi’s defence team, is glad the Scottish review commission has seen through the...

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    “Give us what is legally right and... we will make sure any illegal activities are kept to a minimum.” FKNK president Joe Perici Calascione cajoling government not to bow to pressure from the European Commission on spring hunting and to give...

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    “I often teased him that he must have been a difficult Cabinet colleague... he would smile and remind me George Borg Olivier used to call him his Leader of the Opposition.” Mikela Fenech Pace, granddaughter of former President Ċensu Tabone who...

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    “As you can see nothing satisfies Franco Debono.” Nationalist backbencher Beppe Fenech Adami reacting to his colleague Franco Debono’s comment that he, not Simon Busuttil, should have been appointed as the Prime Minister’s special...

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    “Lawrence Gonzi is trying to find an answer to that irritating question.” Philosopher Joe Friggieri interpreting the Prime Minister’s speech and decision to appoint Simon Busuttil as a special delegate, as he grapples with the paradox that while...

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    “It vindicates the position taken by human rights groups at the time.” Aditus head Neil Falzon welcoming the European Court of Human Rights decision condemning Italy’s immigrant push-back agreement with Libya. “No system can ever be completely...

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