The Malta Independent 29 February 2020, Saturday

‘Police Commissioner’s resignation is two years late’ – Beppe Fenech Adami

Karl Azzopardi Friday, 17 January 2020, 11:17 Last update: about 2 months ago

The resignation of police commssioner Lawrence Cutajar comes two years late, the PN's spokesman on home affairs Beppe Fenech Adami said.

Minutes after Cutajar's resignation was announced by Prime Minister Robert Abela, Fenech Adami told The Malta Independent that the Oppostion had been calling for his resignation for two years – since the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia - “as it became evident from the first moment that the investigations were not being conducted in a professional manner.”

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The police had also failed to take action on serious cases of alleged corruption regarding Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi and Joseph Muscat.

"Our first reaction is that this resignation is 2 years late, 2 years during which the country deteriorated to the state we are in today.”

Fenech Adami believes that this has led the public to distrust the police force led by Cutajar as the police were being selective on who to prosecute or not, even if the persons in question completely destroyed Malta’s reputation abroad.

He pointed out that “this is the 6th commissioner in six years that the police force will have, which gives an indication of how turbulent the past six years of Labour government have been.”

When asked by this newsroom on Abela’s declaration that he will be more transparent in the appointment of a new Police Commissioner, Fenech Adami said that the PN have been at the forefront on a new way of appointing the police commissioner.

“Our party’s proposal is that, with regards to the appointment of the Police Commissioner and other important posts, such positions should be occupied by people who have the trust and support of at least two thirds of parliament.”

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