The family of late Professor Guido de Marco has issued a statement deploring the reports of maltastar.com quoting a taped conversation where Richard Cachia Caruana says that he believes that the attempt on his life in December 1994 was also due to Former President and Deputy Prime Minister Guido de Marco telling Brigadier Maurice Calleja that he had to resign after his daughter Clarissa was caught trafficking drugs.
Maltastar.com quoted Cachia Caruana saying: “And I have no doubt, whatever he (Guido de Marco) says, even though I talk to him and I smile at him and we sort of get on – I have no doubt li hu lil Maurice Calleja qallu ‘din mhux xi cucata ta’ Richard Cachia Caruana’ – I have no doubt right because of the way things developed."
Cachia Caruana also said: "...plus there was Guido of course – let us not forget what I have been through, with Guido’s children defending the person who tried to kill me? “
Cachia Caruana believes that there was an attempt to assassinate him because he was blamed for putting pressure on Prime Minister Fenech Adami to get Agriculture Minister Lawrence Gatt and Brigadier Maurice Calleja to resign because of their children’s involvement in drug trafficking.
The de Marco family said that Cachia Caruana denied he said what the taped conversation shows clearly he said. The family said it reserves the right to take legal action against maltastar.com. At no point did Cachia Caruana deny saying the words contained the taped conversation. In the conversation referred to eh makes it clear that while in public he smiled and sort of got on with Professor de Marco he harboured intense resentment privately for him and his children.