Attorney General submits resignation

Updated 03:55 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Attorney General Peter Grech has submitted his resignation, with his controversial tenure set to come to an end on 9 September – exactly 10 years after he was sworn in.

The Office of the President confirmed that President George Vella received Grech’s resignation letter on Saturday.

Grech had joined the Office of the Attorney General in 1983, and had become Deputy Attorney General in 2005. He was appointed to the top post as a replacement for Silvio Camilleri, who had been sworn in as Chief Justice.

However there has been no shortage of requests for him to resign or be removed, particularly over his handling of corruption allegations, including those involving Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi.

The family of Daphne Caruana Galizia had called for his removal in the wake of her assassination,

The government has refused to replace him, though last month, Prime Minister Robert Abela had hinted that a new AG may be appointed in the ‘near or not so near future.’

In a statement, Prime Minister Robert Abela thanked Grech for his service towards the Maltese state during his 10-year term.

His office also highlighted that following the reforms implemented this summer, Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis will now be establishing an appointment commission which will issue a public call for applications.

Resignation ‘arrived late’ – PN

But the Nationalist Party was less charitable with Grech in its reaction. It said that Grech should have resigned long ago, “particularly when it was evident that instead of defending the weak, he had ended up a puppet in the hands of the Labour government.”

It said that Grech chose to defend companies such as Vitals over the interests of the public, and that he was unwilling to pursue serious allegations concerning “the corrupt clique in Castille under Joseph Muscat.”

The PN was also adamant that Grech should not stay on for a few more weeks but leave immediately, and that his replacement should be someone who enjoyed everyone’s trust.

On its part, Repubblika – which has long requested Grech’s removal – argued that it was in the public interest to publish the reasons for Grech’s resignation. It also said that his decisions and the operations of his office should be reviewed.

The NGO said that it hoped that Grech’s replacement “will be a person of integrity who will uphold the law above all else, and will not bend to any political will or partisan interests.”