“Do the honourable thing and dismiss MFSA CEO” – Azzopardi

Jason Azzopardi in Parliament

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi told parliament that the government should do the honourable thing and dismissed the CEO of the MFSA Joseph Cuschieri after it was revealed he was close buddies with Yorgen Fenech if Malta is to stand a chance of passing the Moneyval test.

Speaking during the estimates debate on Justice, Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi said that delays in court proceedings are a major issue. He explained that a civil case is decided on average in 1,119 days compared to an average of 141 days in other European Union courts. In the criminal courts, an application is decided in 543 days whereas in Europe on average, they are decided in 104 days.

Azzopardi said that in Malta, the Civil Court takes from three to four years to hear an appeal and suggested that the court could immediately go for a decision after hearing all the submissions. He questioned the veracity of claims made by the Prime Minister and Justice Minister that the constitutional reforms were described by the European Commission as best practices.

He said that the government kept humiliating Malta in the European Institutions by recruiting foreign lawyers to defend Malta when there were good Maltese lawyers, capable of doing a good job. Azzopardi said that the government engaged a Spanish lawyer to defend the country before the European Court of Justice.

Azzopardi proposed a number of initiatives to fight corruption. He said that the Government should enact a law to ban public officials’ use of private emails for work, to include the right for good administration amongst the people’s rights enshrined in the constitution, set up an office headed by a magistrate to investigate corruption as well as draft a law to protect journalists from the SLAPP legislation.