Attorney General cites health reasons in resignation letter

Updated 03:59 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Attorney General Peter Grech cited the need to prioritise his health after years of prioritising his job at its expense in the resignation letter he sent to President George Vella, which has been published in full today.

Grech’s resignation is effective 9 September, on the 10th anniversary of his appointment.

His tenure has been marked by controversy, not least over his office’s apparent inaction in the wake of corruption allegations involving Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi. Among others, the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia had called for his resignation in the wake of her assassination, arguing that her tragic death may have been prevented if the authorities done their job.

In his letter, Grech complained that he had been unfairly treated by the public, stating that the criticism levelled at him “was at times particularly unjust and aimed at creating false impressions.” He added that his position and a “sense of dignity” prevented him “from going down to that level and respond.”

Consequently, he said, he felt it was now time to end this chapter in his life.

“Unfortunately, the fact that I did not rebut various accusations could have been interpreted as my accepting what was said,” he added. “I affirm that this is absolutely not the case, and that the various attacks I received and the twisted interpretations of some of my decisions did not stop me from continuing to faithfully serve as Attorney General.”

Grech recalled health troubles that he had faced two years ago, stating that they could have been linked to his stressful job.

“Today I realise that, in spite of being ready to work in a contentious environment which lacks serenity and having never followed the principle that my health came first, I need to be careful not to aggravate my health condition,” he added.

Grech’s letter is reproduced in full below.