The Malta Independent 25 June 2024, Tuesday
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Abela appeals for Lino Cauchi murder investigations to continue, intensify

Friday, 27 January 2023, 17:55 Last update: about 2 years ago

Prime Minister Robert Abela has appealed for the investigation into the murder of Lino Cauchi to continue, and to intensify.

The constitutional court had ruled that the State failed Lino Cauchi's family by failing to properly investigate his disappearance and murder, awarding them €615,000 in compensation.

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Abela said that he read the court sentence and the compensation established in the judgement, where compensation would be paid by the government. The court said that in some way there will be some form of closure, Abela said, and for this aim the government will pay the compensation established by the courts.

As for the family's request for the evidence to be re-examined, he said that there is still a process that never closed.

Abela appealed for the investigations on the criminal aspect to continue, and "must continue intensifying, as for us it is not acceptable that there be cases like that of Karin Grech, and this one, as well as others, where there would not be full closure for victims."

Asked about a comment made by the magistrate in the  Valletta assault cse, where the magistrate said that while 16-year-olds are allowed to get married, run for office and even vote in national elections, they are nevertheless considered as minors when it comes to criminality, Abela said he took note of the comments.

The reason for this, he said, is due to considerations tied to the Charter of the Council of Europe.

He said he saw the charges themselves, and with the law as it is today, if the court finds the accused guilty, the parameters of the court can include an effective prison sentence.

Asked about Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri, Abela said that he holds his trust. Abela had also said earlier this week, right after the Valletta incident, that he wouldn't feel comfortable allowing his daughter walk outside alone. Told that this is a contradiction, he still said that he has full trust in Byron Camilleri. "Soon after the incident I expressed my thoughts like every other parent has, while at the same time I praise the police force that reacted to that incident by conducting the necessary investigations, finding who is allegedly responsible for the act." 


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