The Malta Independent 16 April 2024, Tuesday
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Watch: PM takes aim at pace of magisterial inquiry

Monday, 6 March 2023, 20:57 Last update: about 2 years ago

Prime Minister Robert Abela took aim at the pace at which a particular magisterial inquiry is being conducted while speaking in Parliament on Monday.

While pointing at the track record of Judge Joseph Zammit McKeon, who Parliament was voting on to be the new Ombudsman, he said that when the judge presided over cases in court, his track record was an average of one judgement every two days.  "He was a judge for 12 years," Abela said.

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"This is a statistic of exceptional efficiency. It would be good for all members of the judiciary today to look at it."

The Prime Minister then took aim at a particular magisterial inquiry, seemingly referring to the inquiry into the death of Jean Paul Sofia. While Abela did not mention it by name, he said "today, more than three months later and with no end in sight, there is no closed process verbal and till today there is still nobody charged in court. This is not acceptable."

On 3 December 2023, a building under construction collapsed in Kordin and Sofia's dead body was found beneath the debris after 16 hours by the Civil Protection Department.


 

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