A libel case has been launched by Malta’s Finance Minister against former Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil.

Professor Scicluna announced the legal action in response to a tweet posted by Busuttil regarding the upholding of an inquiry investigating the deal transferring three public hospitals over to Vitals Global Healthcare.

The rule of law NGO Repubblika has issued a 150-page application about the deal back in May.

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Repubblika had said that the inquiry should determine if Finance Minister Edward Scicluna along with Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and Economy Minister Chris Cardona, were criminally complicit.

In Dr Busuttil’s tweet, the Nationalist politician said that the Finance Minister should ‘go’ until he is proven innocent.

Responding to the tweet, the Finance Ministry said that Busuttil’s assertion, ‘contained false allegations against the minister,’ and suggested that the Minister was involved in money laundering.

They add that the claim defames the Minister, ‘Such allegations are totally unfounded and are aimed at tarnishing the minister’s reputation,’

Updated:

This is how Dr Busuttil has responded in the last 15 minutes to the Finance Minister’s filing of a libel case against him.