Civil Society Network calls for public inquiry into police corruption

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Civil Society Network is calling for a public inquiry into the alleged racket run by police officers within the Traffic Section – as well as any possible systematic corruption and abuse of power which may have taken place in the last 20 years.

CSN was reacting to a feature on LovinMalta, in which police officers in the Traffic Section, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed frequent pressure from ministers to forgive fines and similar pressure from superiors. Police officers even claimed to have forgiven fines incurred by colleagues who are investigating them over the alleged racked, who seized the mobile phones that could be used as evidence against them.

The CSN said that the allegations suggested that they were used as pawns to cover up serious abuse that threatened Maltese democracy. This, it added, included undermining investigations into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

“These matters are of the gravest nature and are wholly unsustainable in a democratic society,” the network said.

CSN said that the inquiry should be led by three judges, and that its results should be made public in no more than six months. Subsequently, the judges’ report should be debated in Parliament.

The network added that a wholesale radical reform of the Malta Police Force should then be implemented.”

“This isn’t only to modernise the Corps, but so that the culture of corruption and the system that enables the serious abuses that are being alleged be eradicated urgently,” it said.