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PN calls urgent parliamentary session on Monday

The Nationalist Party has issued an urgent call for a Parliamentary session scheduled for Monday to address the ongoing benefit fraud scandal. 

In a press release, the PN asserted that this scandal has “unfairly favoured the Labour Party at the expense of the Maltese and Gozitans.”

“These benefits were being inappropriately disbursed by the Labour government,” the PN reiterated.

The Sunday Times of Malta last Sunday revealed the details of the social benefit fraud perpetrated by former Labour MP Silvio Grixti, who resigned from parliament in December 2021 when the case first emerged.

Grixti used to provide people with a package of falsified medical certificates and documents, which they later used to claim severe disability benefits amounting to more than €400 per month. 

The fraudulent exercise benefitted around 800 people, with police charging the beneficiaries with social benefit fraud.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker, PN leader Bernard Grech, characterised the situation as "unprecedented."

Grech emphasised that the recent revelations, brought to light through investigative journalism, strongly suggest the existence of a corrupt operation stemming from Castille, the Office of the Prime Minister.

“Parliament should meet and if the Prime Minister really had democracy at heart, the matter should be debated with urgency in Parliament as soon as possible,” the PN said.