Government ignored Venice Commission by appointing new magistrates – Delia

The Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia has stated that by appointing new magistrates, Government has ignored the Venice Commission. This was done without consultation, continued Delia. The Venice Commission is currently working on ensuring that the system of how judges and magistrates are appointed is independent.

Delia concluded that this is an example of how Government does not care about justice and the rule of law. This was said during a political activity in Saint Paul’s Bay.

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Government needs to maintain control over those appointed for political interests, said Delia. Reports from the Venice Commission and those from GRECO have stated that the way Government is leading its institutions is a threat to Democracy in Malta.

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The Opposition has proposed a motion in Parliament to start a parliamentary committee which will study the Venice Commission reports and that of GRECO, and suggests methods of how to implement these. Delia said that that the Opposition is willing to pressure Government to implement the recommendation by the Venice Commission.

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