AG ‘should leave or be removed immediately’ – Repubblika

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Attorney General Peter Grech should either resign or be removed from his post with immediate effect after an inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia was told that he advised the police to “go slow” in investigating the Panama Papers scandal, civil society NGO Repubblika said.

During the inquiry – which saw the testimony of former Economic Crimes Unit head Ian Abdilla today – former Chief Justice Joseph Said Pullicino referred to an ECU file in which Grech reportedly advised the police to tread carefully because trouble was brewing. The inquiry board had expressed incredulity at the police’s failure to question Keith Schembri or Konrad Mizzi, who were revealed to have opened secret Panama companies.

Grech, however, denied asking the police to go slow in response to a statement made on social media by PN MP Jason Azzopardi, a lawyer to the Caruana Galizia family.

In its statement, Repubblika said that it appeared that Grech did not want Labour Party supporters to be troubled by criminal investigations into leading party figures.

“Like many other revelations that this inquiry has produced, this information does not surprise us, but it does disgust us,” the NGO maintained.

It said that in a bid to serve political interests, Grech acted to ensure that the law did not apply to Mizzi or Schembri, describing it as further proof of the deterioration of the rule of law.

“Peter Grech is nothing but a glove in the hand of the mafia that has seized control of the country, the same mafia that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia,” Repubblika maintained.

Repubblika also asked a number of questions related to the revelation, questioning whether magistrates looking into the Panama Papers had received similar advice, and whether Grech had similarly asked the police to go slow on other cases.

It questioned whether Grech was following orders from former prime minister Joseph Muscat , and whether he had given any advice on how the Egrant inquiry should be handled “so that the conclusions do not anger the supporters of Joseph Muscat.”