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Three ministers who seem to have quoted from the Egrant inquiry report should exhibit copies of the document as part of the proceedings, rule of law NGO Repubblika is arguing.
In an urgent application filed on Tuesday, lawyer Jason Azzopardi appearing for Repubblika asked Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit to order Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, Economy Minister Chris Cardona and Finance Minister Edward Scicluna to present copies of the document they had quoted from in earlier proceedings.
The three ministers appear to have quoted from the Egrant inquiry report which is not available to the public, as only the conclusions of the report prepared by then Magistrate Aaron Bugeja were made public. The document had cited parts of what appears to be part of the proces verbal of the Egrant inquiry report as part of their defence against Repubblika’s legal team request for them to face criminal proceedings in connection to the VGH deal.
In the application, Azzopardi argued that a document referred to by a witness or a party to the case has to be either in the public domain or at least be accessible to the other party and more importantly to the court.
‘The above mentioned Ministers had the gall to quote from a document which the same duty Magistrate has no access to, thus making a mockery of her,’ Repubblika argued in its application.
Repubblika also called upon the court to declare a breach of the principle of equality of arms and ordered the respondents to exhibit the document from which they quoted in their reply to their initial application in its entirety, that is Magistrate Bugeja’s proces verbal.