The Malta Independent 21 March 2019, Thursday

AG defending PM’s interests, not those of the people – Delia

Thursday, 14 March 2019, 08:06 Last update: about 7 days ago

The Attorney General is defending the interests of the Prime Minister and ministers more than he is defending the interests of citizens, Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia said.

Speaking in Swieqi, Delia said he had filed a constitutional court case to be given a copy of the Egrant inquiry report, which found no links between PM Muscat and his family with a company opened in Panama.

The fact that he (Delia) does not have a copy of the report as the PM does goes against the Opposition Leader’s rights to have information for him to be able to carry out his constitutional role. The AG’s decision not to give Delia a copy goes against the Constitution and created a political imbalance, Delia said.

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The AG had given a copy of the Egrant report to the Justice Minister because he was assisting the PM as a lawyer, and this when a minister should not be working professionally while having a Cabinet seat, Delia said. Even the government’s chief communications officer had a copy.

The political imbalance emerged even more when the said AG said Delia should not have a copy because he (Delia) will talk about it, the PN leader said.

The country’s institutions had been hijacked by the government, with Judge Emeritus Giovanni Bonello saying that the last 16 of 17 judicial appointments were of people close to the Labour Party. The same thing had happened in the Armed Forces of Malta and the Police Corps.

This is a not a normal situation and is a threat to democracy, Delia said.

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