WATCH: Jason Azzopardi contests Speaker’s Ruling; Joseph Muscat responds

Nationalist Party MP Jason Azzopardi has forwarded a Motion contesting the Ruling of House Speaker Dr Anġlu Farrugia that Azzopardi had committed a Prima Facie breach of Parliamentary Privilege regarding former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

The Motion states the Ruling has negative implications on the exercising of the right of expression with a political content that concerns the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia because she was about to reveal that which he labelled as the Montenegro scandal and other scandals in the energy sector in which he alleged that Dr Joseph Muscat, Dr Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri were involved.

Dr Azzopardi said the right of political expression by MPs stands higher than the Permanent Orders of the Chamber in the duty that the Government has to be scrutinised. He said that during his speech he presented two facts that became known from witness testimonies in Court.

On his part Dr Muscat informed the Speaker that in his Motion Dr Azzopardi has totally ignored the part of the delivered speech that he had referred as being a breach of Parliamentary Privilege, a part in which, among other matters, it was implied that he knew of the plot to kill Caruana Galizia.

He said that in this manner MP Azzopardi was playing deceptive games because no reference of this was made in the Motion. He said Dr Azzopardi has a right to think what he wants but does not have a right to present what he thinks as facts.