Rosianne Cutajar has been caught in a flurry of controversy over the past few weeks. The arrest of Yorgen Fenech has brought to the fore several revelations into his relationship with Rosianne Cutajar. Following both media and public scrutiny, Rosianne Cutajar announced her resignation, as she awaits the outcome of an ethics investigation.
Commenting on this latest development, the Prime Minister Robert Abela commended the resignation, emphasising that Rosianne Cutajar places the country above her personal interest.
The pending investigation will be conducted by the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life. In a nutshell, it is alleged that Rosianne Cutajar benefited financially from the brokerage of a property involving Yorgen Fenech, who is the main murder suspect in the Daphne Caruana Galizia case. As part of the deal, it is alleged that Yorgen Fenech had given her nine thousand Euro from a cash pile of forty thousand. On a related note, she is also being asked to repay a brokerage fee of forty-six thousand and five hundred Euro to the seller.
Through her social media, Rosianne Cutajar published posts that she had been subjected to a number of unfair attacks, together with media spin and untruthful comments.
One of the sensitive matters that has been raised is the fact that some people have access to private conversations, even though this is considered to be a criminal act. On this particular issue, Rosianne Cutajar did not comment. She did say however, that a number of messages were selected and made available to the public, without being given the proper context. One must also mention that some of these messages go back to 2019, a time where she held no executive post. It was stated by Rosianne Cutajar that these messages have been divulged to undermine her reputation and to be of detriment to the Labour party.
Rosianne Cutajar also took the time to emphasise that she was never in business with Yorgen Fenech. She also stated that when she was made aware that he was a suspect in the murder case of Daphne Caruana Galizia, she broke off all contact. She further emphasised that she always acted with honesty and integrity, keeping the people’s trust at the forefront of her political career. Further explanations are expected to be given directly to the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life.
Explaining the rationale of her decision to resign, she said that this was out of her respect towards the Labour party. She wishes to allow the Government to work with serenity.
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