The Malta Independent 24 September 2018, Monday

AG does not want court to hear constitutional case over Egrant inquiry report with urgency - PN

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 17:12 Last update: about 2 months ago

The Attorney General does not want the court to decide the constitutional case put forward by Opposition Leader Adrian Delia with urgency, but rather wants to decide himself, the PN said in a statement.

Adrian Delia filed a constitutional application over the Attorney General's refusal to grant him a copy of the Egrant inquiry report, and had requested that the court hear the case with urgency.

The Egrant inquiry had found no evidence to substantiate Pilatus whistleblower Maria Efimova's allegations that the Panamanian company named Egrant belonged to Michelle Muscat and was part of a $1.07 million transfer from the daughter of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev

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The AG, a PN statement read, said there is no need for the court to hear the constitutional case with urgency. If the case is not heard with urgency and Delia is proved right in his request for a copy of the inquiry, the PN says, a lot more time would pass that could never be recuperated. "The AG always wants to decide things himself yet is never ready to carry responsibility when he needs to."

The PN accused the AG of abusing his position, and that he has now biased himself in favour of government. The PN argues that He with every day that passes an inequitable advantage is being given to the PL in government.

The PN says that the AG's decision not to provide a full copy to the Opposition Leader is anti-constitutional., and goes against the principles of transparency and the national interest.

The AG, the PN said, is creating obstacles for the Opposition Leader to exercise his rights.

The PL said in a statement that the PN Leader himself declared that the Egrant conclusions are clear, and that there is nothing that can change them. The PL claims that Delia gave in to PN MP Simon Busuttil.


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