Man who apologizes to PN MP for hate speech gets parole
A man who took to social media to demand that PN MP Karol Aquilina be hanged in the village square of Siġġiewi, has been conditionally released after apologizing in court.
Steve Cauchi was summoned to court a week ago for an article he wrote in February, in which he called for Aquilina’s public hanging and her attachment “to the statue of San Nikola where every passerby could have him. insert a sewing needle “.
The comment prompted the MP to report the matter to the police for further investigation.
When the case was called last week at a hearing in Qormi District, Cauchi said he was “very sorry”, adding that he was acquainted with the MP and his brothers.
In view of his early guilty plea and the fact that Aquilina testified under oath that he had forgiven the accused, the court, chaired by magistrate Simone Grech, released Cauchi on condition for three years.
The comment was posted on Facebook after the PN MP addressed parliament on February 8, criticizing the police for their handling of former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and former Minister Konrad Mizzi.
“Anxious for my family and my colleagues”
In her own reaction to Cauchi’s comment, Aquilina had stated that “such incitement to violence and hatred in [his] regard, would not silence him or prevent him from striving for justice and truth.
Nothing and no one would stop him, said Aquilina categorically.
“Neither Keith Schembri, nor Konrad Mizzi and even less Mr. Steve Cauchi”, had written the deputy in his message.
“Until this day, I had no idea who he [Cauchi] was, ”said Aquilina, when he appeared on the witness stand last week, adding that although he had grown used to criticism and threats, this Facebook post had gone a bit too far.
“I fear that others will react to such an incitement,” Aquilina testified.
Every day as he walked down rue de la République there were people laughing at him, making comments and threats, Aquilina added.
“Yes, I am worried about my family and my colleagues. “
Inspector Joseph Busuttil was prosecuted.
Lawyers Joe Sammut and Natalia Camilleri were defense lawyers.
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