The Malta Independent 24 June 2019, Monday

Minister dismisses police commissioner replacement reports as ‘baseless rumours’

Jeremy Micallef Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 16:15 Last update: about 9 months ago

Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia has dismissed reports that Police Commissoner Lawrence Cutajar is to soon be replaced as ““baseless rumours”.

Nationalist Party television station Net TV reported on its programme Sorsi Infurmati alleging that Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar is to be replaced by Superintendent Ian Abdilla.

Following the report, the Ministry published a statement in which it also “categorically refuted” the front-page story in the PN’s newspaper in-Nazzjon ‘Michael Farrugia summoned to Castille’.


“It is clear that this is an invented story from beginning to end, and is only one from a long series of invented stories aimed at undermining the Government.”

If Cutajar were to be replaced, this would be the sixth Police Commissioner appointed in the past five years.

Answering questions from this newsroom, Farrugia reiterated the sentiment by pointing out that, “We’ve been going on with these stories the whole year” and that “It’s not something that has come up now."

“I think the Police Force and I have a lot more to do than to waste energy on these baseless rumours.”

He insisted that, when he was contacted he was on the way to Luxembourg, where, as the ministerial statement relayed, he was to be a speaker on a panel at a conference against radicalisation.

Such work, he said, is “much more important than wasting energy on these nonsensical stories”.

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