Muscat’s watch: Police Commissioner is corrupt – Repubblika

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Rule of law NGO Repubblika said that Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar has confirmed himself to be an agent of corruption, instead of an independent official ensuring the rule of law.

The civil society group explained how it filed a police report denouncing Prime Minister (PM) Joseph Muscat for alleged corruption, bribery and conflict of interest. The report, addressed to Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar, was signed by lawyer Jason Azzopardi. It comes after Lovin Malta revealed that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat received a €20,000 Bvglari watch from the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect in 2014.

Repubblika said that this gift may be considered to be a bribe, particularly since Fenech won the power station contract.

The group stated that this accusation is a serious one, and that it is especially aggravated by the fact that the Electrogas contract was awarded despite the fact that it was inconsistent, as was confirmed by the Attorney General. It is further aggravated by the fact that Fenech and his Electrogas partners are not satisfying the contractual obligations that guarantee electrical power in Malta.

The civil society group put a special emphasis however on the fact that Fenech is accused with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in order to hide the corruption related to the Electrogas contract. According to them, this is while Prime Minister Joseph Muscat presided over the Office that was involved, in order to protect those responsible.

Despite the grave events, the Commissioner of Police, Lawrence Cutajar:

  1. Has not responded to the denunciation that Repubblika filed a week ago;
  2. Has not yet informed them who will be presiding over its case;
  3. Has not seen to questioning the journalist Christian Peregin, who reported the gift and whose writings reported Repubblika’s denunciation.

The group stated that such facts only reinforced their negative opinion of Cutajar, saying that he has confirmed himself to be an agent of corruption instead of an independent official ensuring the rule of law.

It added that for some time, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that the fact that he was given a gift from Fenech was part of a campaign of lies. Later, he admitted to accepting the gift, and that it wasn’t the only one.

Repubblika stated that it has nowhere else to go to complain that the rule of law is not being upheld.  It said that Joseph Muscat, Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi and others have been escaping justice since the Panama Papers were published. According to the civil group, this impunity has led to the Ministers murdering the journalist that was uncovering the corruption.