On Monday, PN MP Jason Azzopardi suspended himself from the party’s parliamentary group and shadow cabinet.
In a statement, the PN said that after discussions with party leader Bernard Grech, Azzopardi informed Grech of his decision to ask the Party’s Ethics, Discipline and Social Media Commission to investigate him in connection with a story published by the media on Sunday.
The story in question is over a hotel-stay at a Hilton hotel in Tel-Aviv Israel in March 2017 which was paid for a businessman from Tumas Group – the same group which Yorgen Fenech was a director of.
Azzopardi has asked the Standards Commissioner to investigate the stay and denied that he felt any obligation towards the business. He argued that he had found his hotel was paid for upon checkout and that he bought the businessman a gift as repayment in order not to owe him anything.
Azzopardi is representing the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia as parte civile in the court proceedings against Yorgen Fenech, who is accused of masterminding the murder, which took place in October 2017.
In a statement, the PN said that Azzopardi had agreed to suspend himself from the party’s parliamentary group and shadow cabinet until the internal investigation is concluded.