Opposition’s proposed law about the appointment of a Police Commissioner

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Earlier on today, the Opposition presented a draft law to the clerk to the House which proposed changes in the law and the constitution in relation to the way that the Police Commissioner should be appointed.

This was communicated by the Partit Nazzjonalista through a statement where it also said that it is due time for the appointment and removal of the Police Commissioner to be subject to the approval of two thirds of the House of Deputees.

The current system is being abused – PN

The statement justified this proposal by claiming that “it is evident that the current system is being abused by the present Government where time and time again in the span of six years, a number of persons who were nominated to occupy this post, were not competent for this role and ended up being puppets in the hands of the Prime Minister who nominated them”.

The most palpable example of such abuse, according to the statement, was the appointment of Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar, about who everyone seems to have reached the same opinion, even the current Prime Minister, namely that he was “incompetent and shied away from his responsibilities when he saw that the criminal investigations which should have been done, were not in place, even in the cases of serious crimes such as that of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.”

The Partit Nazzjonalista decisively communicated its conviction that “enough damage has been done to our country. It is high time to change the law to ensure that every police commissioner from now onwards will have the trust of at least two thirds of the people’s representation”.

The Opposition called on the Prime Minister Robert Abela to change his flowery words into real action so that “our country reclaims its reputation and ultimately perhaps the Police Force would be able to regain the nation’s trust.”

The statement concluded by encouraging the Government to work on this draft law and make sure that it is incorporated as part of the Parliamentary agenda as soon as it is published in the Government Gazzette. The Opposition stated that it is available to discuss this draft law even during next week.