The Malta Independent 23 June 2024, Sunday
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‘The magisterial inquiry is not proof or conclusion of guilt’ – PM

Monday, 27 May 2024, 11:40 Last update: about 26 days ago

Prime Minister Robert Abela said Monday that the magisterial inquiry on the case of the three hospitals is neither proof that the people involved are guilty, nor has concluded that they are in fact guilty.

Abela was speaking outside of the law courts on Monday, after he attended a court sitting of the PN-filed court case for the return of more than €400 million back to the state, the money that was passed on by the government for the private concession which lasted more than six years.

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He referred to a comment made by the President of Repubblika Vicki Ann Cremona, who said that now, the judiciary must be left to judge and evaluate the facts before them, stemming from the inquiry, and not the ‘spin’ it was given, saying that the PN is in a desperate state.

“The inquiry is not proof or conclusion of guilt, but is a collection of facts, and the courts will decide on the individuals brought before them starting from the presumption of innocence,” Abela told journalists.

On a question with regards to political decisions for certain individuals facing criminal charges, Abela said that he has already taken political decisions in 2020, having made them without “committing or commenting on the presumption of guilt.”

Abela said that is an exercise trusted to the law courts behind him, and the institutions, namely the judiciary, should be left to do their work.

Maltatoday on Sunday published the full 1,200 page report of the magisterial inquiry.

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