PN and Repubblika call on Govt to fire Asst Commissioner Ian Abdilla

Ian Abdilla outside depot

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Nationalist Party and the NGO Repubblika have asked for Assistant Police Commissioner Ian Abdilla to be fired. This appeal comes after Abdilla admitted to meeting Joseph Muscat’s former Chief of Staff Keith Schembri twice after the Egrant case.

Abdilla said this yesterday when he was testifying in the public inquiry on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination.

In a press release issued by the PN and signed by Beppe Fenech Adami, the PN’s speaker on the Fight Against Criminality, it was said that instead of investigating Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi, Yorgen Fenech or others over money laundering reports, Ian Abdilla was meeting some of these “criminals” to avoid such an investigation.

The PN said that the country currently has a situation in which criminals are in cahoots with Police Force officials so as to get away with breaking the law. The party insisted that if Prime Minister Robert Abela wants justice to be served, he must see to it that criminals and police officers in cahoots with such criminals are investigated.

According to a press release by Repubblika, Ian Abdilla did not do his duty when he refrained from investigating those he was meant to investigate because of incompetence, carelessness or bad intentions. Repubblika said that he helped the impunity which killed Caruana Galizia grow.

The NGO continued saying that Abdilla’s actions, or lack thereof, make him as responsible as Joseph Muscat, Keith Schembri and others. They insisted that he be removed from the Police Force immediately.

Furthermore, the organisation proposed setting up an independent police team to investigate Abdilla, ex-Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar and ex-Assistant Commissioner Silvio Valletta.