The Malta Independent 17 August 2019, Saturday

Magisterial inquiry still ongoing a year after death of Nigerian girl

Monday, 21 January 2019, 18:39 Last update: about 8 months ago

PN MP Claudio Grech questioned today in parliament why no information has been made public about the death of 7-year-old Nigerian girl, Victoria Aluko.

He said that although a report commissioned by the government was concluded the magisterial inquiry was still underway, a year today after her death.

The government had said that the report, handed over by retired judge Philip Sciberras in May 2018, would not be published because the magisterial inquiry was still taking place.

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In a statement, the Family Ministry had said that it was committed to publishing the report but, following advice from the Attorney General, this would be done only after the magisterial inquiry is completed.

The ministry said that it will, however, take on board all administrative recommendations made in the report with immediate effect.

Family Minister Michael Falzon had revealed that the girl died as a result of a rare condition and not because she was malnourished, as originally reported.

Falzon said the girl died of a condition known as aplastic anaemia, which is a rare condition affecting the bone marrow. He said tests showed that the girl’s siblings were not malnourished.

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