Let the public inquiry do its work – MEP Veld

Chair of EP committee writes to PM

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

MEP Sophie in’t Veld wrote to Prime Minister Robert Abela telling him to leave the public inquiry on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia to carry on with their job as long as need be.

The Dutch MEP chairs the Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group (DRFMG) within the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, within the European Parliament. Her letter is written in the name of the Committee.

The Public Inquiry was scheduled to finalise its report by September 2020 but asked for an extension till December 15 as the work was not finalised due to delays caused by Covid-19. Prime Minister Abela said that he will not authorise an extension. Of similar opinion was the Minister for Justice Edward Zammit Lewis. The judges have said that the terms of reference authorise us to keep on doing their task.

PM still expects Daphne inquiry to conclude next week
PM still expects Daphne inquiry to conclude next week

Sophie in’t Veld told Abela that the committee does not share his view that the Public Inquiry should finalise its work by December 15.The Committee (DRFMG) believes that it is of utmost importance that all the truth emerges. If the inquiry is left to work beyond the 15 December, more truth will be unearthed.

The letter refers also to Daphne Caruana Galizia family, who are also insisting the inquiry proceeds as required.

In September, Prime Minister Abela said that public hearings on the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia should be held daily if necessary. He insisted that this episode should be closed as soon as possible. Abela said that the remuneration being given to the three judges who make up the Board of Inquiry is considerable, and therefore, suggested that the Board meet more often than twice a week for a few hours.

The Public Inquiry Board is chaired by Judge Emeritus Michael Mallia and is made up of Chief Justice Emeritus Joseph Said Pullicino and Judge Abigail Lofaro who is still serving as a Judge.

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