The Malta Independent 26 June 2022, Sunday

Angelo Gafa will not testify about Electrogas deal at PAC, as PL MPs vote against

Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 17:06 Last update: about 5 days ago

Labour MPs on Tuesday blocked a move by the PN to have Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa testify before the Public Accounts Committee on the Electrogas power station.

Gafa was among a laundry list of witnesses which Nationalist Party MPs wish to summon to speak about the Electrogas power station deal, which the committee continues to investigate during this legislature.

However, the PL MPs on the committee said that the committee does not have the authority to question the police about any investigations which may be ongoing.

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The disagreement emerged during last week’s sitting, when a ruling was requested on the matter from Speaker Anglu Farrugia on the matter.  Farrugia in turn on Monday washed his hands of the matter, and said that it was up to the Committee to reach an agreement.

No such agreement was, in fact, reached during Tuesday afternoon’s sitting.

Parallels were drawn with how PL MPs had not objected to police testifying about the oil corruption scandal before the same committee in 2013 – but PL MP Glenn Bedingfield argued that the investigation in that case had already been concluded and that people had been prosecuted.

Further bickering ensued, but to no avail.

PL MPs Alex Muscat, Andy Ellul, Glenn Bedingfield, and Clayton Bartolo all voted against summoning Gafa to testify – enough to beat the three PN MPs who voted in favour of the motion.

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