The Malta Independent 22 January 2021, Friday

Joseph Muscat summoned to appear before Daphne inquiry board on Friday

Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 11:57 Last update: about 3 months ago

Former prime minister Joseph Muscat is expected to appear before the board of inquiry investigating the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia on Friday.

The court bailiffs had handed the summons to Muscat’s father at his residence. There has been no confirmation or otherwise that Muscat will be attending.

As the board met again on Wednesday, the chairman and secretary of the Permanent Commission against Corruption appeared but said that they were precluded at law from testifying. 

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Secretary Saviour Attard told the board that as at end of 2019, the permanent commission had 10 pending cases.

Commission chairman Judge Lawrence Quintano quoted the law that the members are precluded from testifying and any breach could have criminal repercussions. 

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family lawyer, Therese Comodini Cachia, asked whether the commission’s reports were published in any way but the two representatives did not know. 

The sitting was adjourned after the board asked for Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis to be summoned to reply on the work of the permanent commission and reports he received. 

Next week, the board will on Monday hear Individual Investor Programme chief executive Jonathan Cardona and Times of Malta editor-in-chief Herman Grech, on Wednesday Parliamentary Secretary Rosianne Cutajar and Edward Zammit Lewis, and on Friday Auditor General Charles Deguara.

 

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