Minister non-committal on publication of findings of inquiry into Charles Mercieca

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis declined to commit to publishing the findings of an inquiry he appointed to look into the lawyer who switched from the Attorney General’s office to the defence team of Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech.

Speaking during question time in Parliament, the minister said that Charles Mercieca’s actions had raised concerns locally and overseas, leading him to call for the inquiry, which is led by former Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi and whose findings must be presented by 16 June.

Zammit Lewis noted that while he received criticism on social media over the government’s refusal to publish the terms of reference of the inquiry, this decision was taken on the basis of legal advice received. Making the terms public, he said, could jeopardise the inquiry.

The Nationalist Party has also requested the publication of the terms of reference.

He also emphasised that the inquiry did not constitute disciplinary action against Mercieca, pointing out that it was up to the Commission for the Administration of Justice to handle such matters. The case has already been referred to the commission by the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation.