The Malta Independent 13 August 2022, Saturday

Justice Minister strikes cautious tone on AG’s bribery case bungle

Sabrina Zammit Monday, 27 June 2022, 17:05 Last update: about 3 months ago

Justice Minister Jonathan Attard struck a cautious tone in Parliament when asked to comment on the Attorney General’s blunder in a case concerning bribery charges against Yorgen Fenech.

Attard said that special care had to be given on how one speaks about justice and about specific cases.

Asked by PN MP Mark Anthony Sammut to comment on the latest developments in the case, the Minister said that he was going to comment only in general as he could not comment on the case itself.

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Attard said that since the sentencing, which saw Yorgen Fenech’s lawyers cleared of trying to bribe the journalist on the basis that the Attorney General’s office had failed to specify the relevant type of bribery, could still be appealed he was not going to make any direct statement.

He said that if in any case it is found that there were shortcomings in how the case was handled, investigations into the matter will happen.

Answering a separate parliamentary question, Attard said that human resources in the Courts are being increased so that court witness transcripts can be written in a timely manner.

The Justice Minister said that he was aware of the delays to transcriptions and promised that it is being taken care of.

He added that the ministry is also looking into a computerised automatic system that does these transcripts by itself, but said that for now the plan is to increase the human resources.

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