The Malta Independent 22 January 2021, Friday

Ex Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar and predecessors allowed to take computer hard drives with them

Giulia Magri Monday, 13 July 2020, 12:17 Last update: about 7 months ago

All police commissioners have been given permission to take their computer hard-drives with them once they left or resigned, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said.

Camilleri was replying to a parliamentary question submitted by PN MP Jason Azzopardi on Monday morning. Azzopardi asked why Former Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar was allowed to take his computer hard-drive from his office when he resigned in January. 


Lawrence Cutajar is now under investigation after allegations that he tipped off Daphne Caruana Galizia murder middleman Melvin Theuma. Cutajar denies doing so.

“I have to say that this is a practice that I believe needs to change,” Camilleri told Parliament without giving further information as to how and when it should be changed.

Camilleri said that he was informed that there is also an automatic back-up of all folders, which also includes emails. The back-up is in the possession of the Police Force.

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