Inquiry clears Malta’s PM over migrant deaths

ROME (AFP) – An investigation has cleared Malta’s Prime Minister Robert Abela of any blame over the death of migrants at sea, his government announced last Saturday.

The results of the investigation, set out in a 420-page report, were summarised in English in the island’s main daily newspapers, the original document having been written in Maltese, said the government’s press service.

The investigation, which had sought to establish whether Abela, a senior army officer and the crew of an army patrol boat had been responsible for the deaths of at least five migrants, had cleared them of homicide, the Times of Malta wrote, citing the report.

In mid-April, Malta’s Repubblika civil rights organisation filed two police reports alleging criminal inaction on the part of Abela and Maltese armed forces commander Jeffrey Curmi.

Its second report was filed against 11 crew members of a Maltese patrol boat who allegedly cut the cables of the migrant dinghy’s motor.