Mark Camilleri’s post:  blackmail or threat?

Mark Camilleri uploaded a post regarding Rosianne Cutajar. I have already written on this point. In the opinion of a legal expert, this is a clear case of threatening behaviour or blackmail. Now we all know that blackmail is a criminal act and our laws also envisage a prison sentence. Article 250 in Chapter 9 in the Laws of Malta, speaks loud and clear:  

Blackmail. Amended by: IX. 1859.18; VIII. 1909.26; XLIX. 1981.4; III. 2002.52; XXIV. 2014.25.

250. (1) Whosoever, with intent to extort money or any other thing, or to make any gain, or with intent to induce another person to execute, destroy, alter, or change any will, or written obligation, title or security, or to do or omit from doing anything, shall threaten to accuse or to make a complaint against, or to defame, that or another person, shall, on conviction, be liable to imprisonment for a term from one to four years.

 (2) Where by such threat the offender shall have attained his end, he shall be liable to imprisonment for a term from eighteen months to five years.

If Mark Camilleri has information that incriminates a deputy, then he is duty-bound to report the matter to the Commissioner of Police so that action may be taken. A deputy, belonging to any political party, cannot be threatened or blackmailed.

Nevertheless, if Mark Camilleri’s material is the same information that the Police already has and such information derives from Yorgen Fenech’s chats, then we have a serious problem on our hands. This becomes threatening behaviour toward a deputy elected by the people. It is going to be interesting to see how this case unfolds.  

Lest we have forgotten, in the case against two of Yorgen Fenech’s lawyers, the police took them to court without any complaint being lodged by the journalist in question What is Commissioner of Police going to do this time round?

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