Uproar in Court when Jason Azzopardi accuses Owen Bonnici of being a “co-participant” in Daphne’s murder.

The testimony of Jason Azzopardi in a libel action brought against him by Owen Bonnici ends in a screaming battle between them.

This afternoon’s hearing in a libel lawsuit brought by Minister Dr Owen Bonnici against Opposition MP Dr Jason Azzopardi turned into pandemonium as Azzopardi accused Bonnici of being a “co-participant in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.”

Dr. Bonnici launched a libel suit after Dr. Azzopardi called him a “liar and a criminal” on Facebook.

Today’s sitting was intended for Azzopardi to continue his testimony. This time he said he would be dealing with the word “criminal.” The last hearing before Magistrate Rachel Montebello had also resulted in a yelling battle when Azzopardi explained why he called Bonnici a liar.

While displaying a stack of documents including news clippings to back up his case, Azzopardi stated, “Before I came here, I conducted some study and I learned that people like Stalin, Ceausescu, and Pol Pot all had spotless criminal records.” At this point, the court instructed him not to make any arguments and instead to just witness.

“I say this because, in 2016, Bonnici supported Konrad Mizzi, hailing him as one of the best ministers Malta has ever had and appreciating the fact that Mizzi apologised,” Azzopardi added.

Dr Pawlu Lia,  who is Bonnici’s lawyer, protested to the documents submitted by Azzopardi, stating that he objected to their substance as well as their relevancy. He objected to the fact that Dr Azzopardi had not even arrived at the meeting prepared with a copy of the documents for the opposing party.

Dr Azzopardi responded that the information he had provided was public and had not been challenged. He said that the fact that Bonnici had defended Mizzi’s “criminal conduct” made him a criminal as well.

When questioned about the infamous Cardona garnishees, he displayed many items, including an Illum interview with Bonnici in which the former Justice Minister refers to slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia as a “hate blogger.”

“Are you suggesting that Dr Bonnici is co-responsible for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia?” Dr Lia questioned Azzoaprdi.

“Yes,” Azzopardi answered. “His hands are smeared with blood.”

“YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED!” yelled Lia, drowning out Azzopardi’s and the magistrate’s protests. “Our is why this country is filled with hatred!” Vile! “You should be ashamed,” Lia shrieked over the witness.

“A homicide has been provoked in Castille,” Azzopardi said. “I know, I’m a victim of theirs as well.”

Magistrate Montebello adjourned the matter until December and then left the courtroom, leaving the two lawyers to argue at each other.