42 years since Karin Grech’s murder

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Karin Grech was killed 42 years ago while opening a package which contained a bomb. To this date, the case remains unsolved. Grech’s murder was one of the most high-profiled murders in the troubled 70s and 80s, however, she was the third victim to be killed by a bomb.

Dr Edwin Grech was not home yet, when 15-year-old Karin who was with her brother when opened the package which was wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper and addressed to her father. She was rushed to St Luke’s Hospital where she died around half an hour later.

Back in 1977, Dr Edwin Grech was a gynecology consultant in the United Kingdom. The doctors at that time were on strike following a dispute between the Medical Association of Malta (MAM) and the government. The government had asked Grech to return to Malta to head the Gynecology Department at St Luke’s Hospital. He came for the duration of the dispute and was considered as a strikebreaker.

Another doctor, Paul Chetcuti Caruana who was also a PL MP, had received the package when Grech was killed. This failed to detonate.

Partit Laburista commemorates 42 anniversary

Partit Laburista commemorated the 42nd anniversary of the killing of 15-year-old Karin Grech. A wreath was placed at the foot of the monument dedicated to Grech in San Gwann. Labour President Daniel Micallef described the case as an open wound. He added that he wished justice to be done in this case, and in similar cases.

“Karin Grech was a victim of hatred” – PN

Partit Nazzjonalista commemorated Grech’s murder saying that she was an innocent victim of hatred and intolerance. The party added that such people think they could win through the use of violence and a climate of impunity which prevailed at that time. PN said that it still wants to see justice to be done in this case and for truth to emerge.

PD, AD also commemorate Grech’s death

Partit Demokratiku commemorated Karin Grech’s death condemning the incident. In a statement the party said that hatred and violence were never a justification for an action.

Alternattiva Demokratika laid flowers at Grech’s monument. During the press conference, AD chairman Carmel Cacopardo said that Grech’s murder, along with those of Lino Cauchi (1982) and Raymond Caruana (1986) remained unsolved many years later. ‘This means there was no justice for the victims and their families,’ Cacopardo said.

Many commemorate Karin Grech

Head of Delegation and Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola in a Facebook post wrote that Grech will also be remembered.

“Her killers have never been brought to justice. 42 years on we reaffirm our commitment to truth and justice – as long as it takes – for Karin, for her family and for Malta,” Metsola said.

On 28 December 1977, Karin Grech was murdered by a letter-bomb addressed to her father which was cruelly disguised in…

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Opposition leader and Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia also remembered Karin Grech. In a Facebook post, Delia said that Grech was a victim of political violence who ended paying the highest price when politics was not used to do good but as a tool to do harm. He stated that the nation needs to learn from this episode and continue demanding truth and justice for Grech.

Justice Minister Owen Bonnici said that the case was still an open wound for the family.

Bhal-lum fl-1977, Karin Grech kienet inqatlet brutalment.Il-kaz sal-lum ghadu ma ssolviex. Min qatilha ghadu jigri…

Posted by Owen Bonnici on Friday, December 27, 2019

Partit Nazzjonalista MP Karol Aquilina in a Facebook status said that Karin Grech was an innocent victim at the hands of those who thought that they could win by resorting to violence. He called for truth and justice for Grech, for her family and for the country.

Education Minister Evarist Bartolo dedicated his message on Friday to Karin Grech, where he quoted Archbishop Mikiel Gonzi who had presided over her funeral during which he described her murder as “the first terrorist attack in our country”