The Malta Independent 30 November 2022, Wednesday
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Police Commissioner must take responsibility for administrative shortcomings - PN MP

Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 22:08 Last update: about 3 months ago

Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa must take responsibility for administrative shortcomings within the force, PN MP Joe Giglio said on Wednesday.

Speaking in parliament, Giglio said that the police force in Malta is in a disastrous state, and that no fewer than 40 police stations help people through an intercom system. This, he said, shows the dire state of the force.

Giglio spoke about the Iosif Galea case, stating that the Opposition wants the full inquiry into the case to be published.

Galea made headlines when he was arrested in Italy over a German European Arrest Warrant linked to a tax investigation. A separate European Arrest Warrant was issued by the Maltese Authorities in connection to an alleged leak of information from the gaming authority, but it was reportedly issued after his arrest in Italy. The Police Force has been under fire after Galea was allowed to travel out of Malta, despite the German arrest warrant having been issued last year.

In its conclusions , the Police Complaints Board had determined that there was no interference from Commissioner of Police Angelo Gafà or top brass for the EAW not to be executed. But administrative deficiencies identified by the complaints board led to the EAW request to be ignored or not executed by the responsible officials.

An internal police complaint filed by the Commissioner of Police Angelo Gafà, who had investigated Galea in connection with the 2012 Dalligate scandal, revealed that three German requests to the Maltese police were ignored. He also said that waiting times in court are too long, adding that inquiries which were opened by the PN and by civil society a few years ago are still ongoing.

Giglio also criticised government's lack of plan when it comes to foreign workers in the country, which he said brought congestion, infrastructural problems, and environmental and safety issues. He said that the lack of regulation exposes foreigners to exploitation by employers.

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