After threats, EU lawmakers seek ‘protection’ on Malta visit
30 Nov 2017

29 November 2017

By Alastair Macdonald and Francesco Guarascio, REUTERS

European Union lawmakers have asked for “protection” when they visit Malta this week to probe accusations of high-level corruption on the island, citing death threats made against some members of the EU parliament.

The legislature passed a motion this month voicing concerns about democracy and the rule of law in the EU’s smallest state, following the killing of a journalist who had accused some political leaders of graft and money laundering.

A group of seven MEPs will visit Malta on Thursday and Friday.

In a letter seen by Reuters, Manfred Weber, the German leader of the centre-right bloc, wrote to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani on Wednesday asking him to “remind the Maltese authorities of their duty to protect” the delegation and “allow them to carry out their duty free from fear”.

The stark terms of the letter underscored the depth of feeling in Brussels about recent developments in Malta.

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