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Quotes of The Week

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    “In Malta, everyone wants to help you, but on their own terms.” Church abuse victim Lawrence Grech lamenting about the terms he claimed TV presenter Lou Bondì placed on the victims during their eight-year legal battle. “Actually, we don’t even...

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    “The Cinderella of the system.” Retired Judge Philip Sciberras criticising the judicial system which he feels should be overhauled. The judiciary expressed discontent by not attending state ceremonies. “Why did they raise people’s...

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    “We are always facing risks... the risks are calculated.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi when asked about the risk of opening Malta’s embassy in Tripoli while fighting still rages on the city’s outskirts. “A ridiculous statement.” Integra...

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    “Wherever we (Muslims) go, we are seen as terrorists or terrorists-to-be.” Imam Mohammed Elsadi on how Islam emerged as the greatest victims of the September 11 attacks on the US in 2001. “The magistrate first cavorts with policemen... then...

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    “Labour and Gaddafi were intimate bedfellows.” The Nationalist Party squabbling with the Labour Party over who was closer to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. “The last Gonzi-Gaddafi meeting, complete with bear hugs, was held well...

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    “We don’t want to build the new Libya on the value of hate.” Libyan provisional government security adviser Abdul Karim Bazama telling The Times there will be justice in Libya not revenge. “Should we hand them back or should we think about the...

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    “It is freedom that we want, my brother.” An Ivorian at the Safi detention centre decrying the government’s 18-month detention policy and pleading to be released from ‘prison’. “Detention is not pursued by way of punishment... but to safeguard...

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    “While terrorist attacks may not come as such a surprise, these riots are totally unexpected.” Maltese cosmetic specialist Raina Zarb Adami describing her disbelief at seeing teenagers looting and torching London. “It is only when mistakes come...

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    “The Church expresses sorrow that investigations took so long.” The Curia in a statement issued a day after the court found two priests guilty of sexually abusing 11 boys in their care at St Joseph Home. The case took eight years to be...

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    “Crucify me for pointing out a threat to your country.” Malta-based anti-jihad blogger Paul Ray questioning why he is being targeted for highlighting what he believes are threats to the island’s national security. “In Malta’s darkest hour you...

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    “Politically, these may now be dead men walking.” Pro-divorce campaigner and former government adviser Martin Scicluna on how the “sizeable rump” of Cabinet ministers and Nationalist MPs flouted the will of the people by voting against the divorce...

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    “No amendment can guarantee maintenance.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi on why he would vote against the divorce Bill even if he waspro-divorce. “My principles are in conflict with the Nationalist Party.” Sliema deputy mayor Cyrus Engerer...

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    “The emptiness she left behind is big but what we received from her will definitely help us cope with this situation.” Nationalist MP Beppe Fenech Adami sharing his emotions after the loss of his mother Mary. “Extremely disappointing.” Arriva...

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    “A prison sentence can do more harm than good.” President George Abela on his fears that prison does not help rehabilite or integrate victims of drug abuse. “Well nigga... you’re dealing with a superstar.” Hip hop legend Snoop Dogg lashing out at...

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    “I wish the Church could have contributed more.” Archbishop Paul Cremona explaining the Church’s duty to financially support the anti-divorce campaign – it donated €180,000. “Malta’s ability to absorb migrants in the long-term remains limited,...

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    “I cannot afford to climb all those stairs for just two minutes to say ‘hello’ and leave.” Parliamentary assistant Stephen Spiteri unrepentant in explaining why he missed 81 per cent of this year’s parliamentary sittings – he was too busy as a...

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    “A very tough decision.” Air Malta CEO Peter Davies as 58 Selmun Palace Hotel workers became the first casualties of a drastic restructuring process to keep the national airline afloat. “Let us separate men from the boys.” Opposition leader...

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    “The Church in Malta needs to perform a soul-searching exercise.” Pro-Vicar Mgr Anton Gouder on the need for the Church to reflect in the aftermath of a resounding Yes vote in the divorce referendum. “I felt as though he was lashing us with his...

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    “The stadium is not a battleground.” Police Inspector Kevin Farrugia insisting the stadium is a family-oriented place after Valletta supporters and a footballer were arraigned for the mayhem that erupted after the Valletta-Floriana FA Trophy...

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    “We can’t say it’s a free vote in the Church.” Fr René Camilleri insisting Catholics do not really have a free vote in the referendum as the Church could never agree with divorce. “We do not feel such language befits a spiritual shepherd.” A...

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