The Malta Independent 8 May 2021, Saturday

‘No comment’ – police chief refuses to answer questions over calls for resignation

Julian Bonnici Monday, 23 October 2017, 16:08 Last update: about 5 years ago

Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar has indicated that he will not resign after telling The Malta Independent that he had no further comments to make when asked whether he will vacate his post following Sunday’s demonstration in Valletta.

“At this moment I have no further comments to make,” Cutajar said in a one-sentence reply to a text message.

Asked a specific yes or no question as to whether he will resign, the Commissioner simply replied “no comment”.

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Thousands gathered on Republic Street yesterday, as the Civil Society Network called for the removal of the police commissioner and the attorney general, and for the government to replace them with two other nominees approved by two thirds of Parliament.

The demonstration carried over to the Police Headquarters in Floriana, where a banner showing the commissioner’s face was pelted with tomatoes, rabbit cheesecakes, and coins; as the crowd chanted ‘shame on you’ and continued calls for his resignation.

Michael Briguglio, who was speaking at the end of the demonstration, also called on the President of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, who was in attendance, to help the country out of this crisis.

In a short intervention at the Grandmaster’s Palace, the President said that "It was an attack on all of us, every single one of us. We need to see how we are going to work together.  We need to unite to have the reform that is needed. This is a moment to show solidarity forget differences and remember that there's a family that's suffering."

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