The Malta Independent 22 February 2024, Thursday
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Prime Minister indicates there will be no public inquiry into Jean Paul Sofia’s death for now

Andrew Izzo Clarke Wednesday, 1 February 2023, 18:21 Last update: about 2 years ago

Prime Minister Robert Abela has indicated that no public inquiry will be called to look into the death of Jean Paul Sofia. 

Abela was responding to a parliamentary question filed by PN MP Jerome Caruana Cilia who asked whether a public inquiry will be appointed to look into the tragic death. 

The 20-year old lost his life on the 3rd December of 2022 when a three-storey building collapsed in Kordin; it took 16 hours for the Civil Protection Department to clear the rubble and retrieve his body. 

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Five others were hospitalised as a result of the incident, which proved a talking point over a perceived lack of building quality in the half-built factory.  Nobody has been charged over the incident thus far. 

“An inquiring magistrate is leading an inquiry into this case, while investigations from other relevant authorities are also taking place. If we really want justice, these institutions need to be allowed to work in serenity,” the Prime Minister said. 

“At the same time, I appeal to them to give maximum importance to this case, so that the victim’s family and society can enjoy swift justice,” he added. 

Caruana Cilia has previously suggested that the authorities are trying to bury this case in order to avoid the ire of certain “big shots” with access to people in positions of power. 

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