The Public Inquiry into the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia continues today. Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa’ gave his testimony.
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The next sitting will be held on the 24th of November at 1 pm.
The Police Commissioner will continue testifying behind closed doors.
Gafa says that he does not agree with the statement that the Police did not put forward the right questions but confirmed that there were mistakes ex the account number was not correct.
He is asked to confirm if it is true that questions sent to the UAE authorities were not correct and this led investigations on 17 Black to take very long.
Madame Justice Lofaro asks the witness regarding the investigations on 17 Black.
"My job is not to investigate but to provide a direction and find ways which could lead to evidence," said the Police Commissioner.
He further said that there are four people facing justice right now but the Police are still investigating as the motive behind the assassination is not yet clear, said Gafa who also said that the Police is working very hard to establish this.
Homicide Squad: Gafa said he does not want an officer investigating the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia to investigate also another murder.
Madame Justice Lofaro agrees.
Regarding the Economic Crimes Unit and a change in leadership for that unit, Gafa said that Justices does not only needs to be done but should also be seen.
He admits that trust has dropped within the Police Force.
Gafa says that when he decided to submit his nomination for Police Commissioner he decided to do so because it was the time for change for the Police Force.
He continues to explain the need for culture change within the Police Force.
He also said that he never saw the reports on the Panama Papers – prior to becoming Police Commissioner. He said that during that time he was working within the security services.
The board is asking about Panama Papers.
The Police Commissioner said that he only worked with one Police Commissioner – Lawrence Cutajar.
He explains that his role as a CEO was to report directly to the Police Commissioner.
The board asks the Police Commissioner to explain what went wrong in the past years, before his appointment, during the time he was the CEO of the Police Force.
The board noted how through his explanations they can better understand the future of the Malta Police Force but they are here to understand what went wrong in the past – in relation to several investigations which are underway and are related to the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The Police Commissioner explained how the Economic Crimes Unit had improved over the past few years and noted how in the past officers within the unit would have to answer a set of questions to be granted internet access to conduct investigations. "This has all changed and the Police Force had to adapt to the technological world," said Gafa.
For example, said Gafa, if a Police Officer helps someone who was robbed, and the person returns the gesture with a bottle of whiskey, as a sign of gratitude, then the officer will have to fill in the form.
Madame Justice Lofaro noted how there is a difference between a €10 whiskey and whiskies which cost far more.
Gafa said that the Police needs to distinguish between the gestures the officers are being rewarded with.
Gafa is saying that nowadays the Police Force has a digital system whereby if an Officer receives a gift from someone for helping the individual, the officer would need to fill in a form.
He said that the Police strategy can only be achieved through consultation with the public and through the public's co-operation.
The Police Chief is explaining the targets that the Police Force is aiming to achieve under his leadership.
He then put forward his nomination for the post of Police Commissioner.
He mentions how he also occupied the post of Chief Executive Officer within the Malta Police Force until June this year.
He said that within the AFM he felt that he was feeling his work lacked contact with the people so decided to move on and apply with the Police Force.
He became part of the Malta Police Force in 2003. Before he worked with the Armed Forces of Malta.
Police Chief Angelo Gafa takes the witness stand.
The board of inquiry has just entered the courtroom.
Lawyers Jason Azzopardi and Therese Comodini Cachia are appearing for the family.
The Board of Inquiry is composed of Judge Emeritus Michael Mallia, who is chairing the inquiry board, and two other board members, Chief Justice Emeritus Joseph Said Pullicino and Judge Abigail Lofaro.
Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa is present inside the courtroom.
We are live from courtroom number 20.
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