Watch: Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar resigns with immediate effect

Updated 09:45 AM

Resignation two years late - Beppe Fenech Adami

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that Lawrence Cutajar has resigned from Police Commissioner with immediate effect. Abela announced this during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister. 

He also announced that on Tuesday, the Cabinet will be discussing the process for the recruitment of the new Police Commissioner. 

Carmelo Magri appointed as Acting Police Commissioner

Cutajar will be replaced by Carmelo Magri, who was appointed as Acting Police Commissioner. 

In his letter of resignation, Cutajar said the change in Prime Minister necessitate other changes so that the desired reform of the Police Force can begin to be implemented.

“Cutajar’s resignation is two years too late” – Beppe Fenech Adami

PN Spokesperson Beppe Fenech Adami said Cutajar’s resignation is two years late. Speaking to, Fenech Adami said that the opposition had been calling for his resignation for two years in view of the way the investigations into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder were being led.

Fenech Adami said the impression given by Cutajar was that police were being selective on who to prosecute or not, even if the persons in question completely destroyed Malta’s reputation abroad, reminding that the fact that there will be six commissioner in six years show how problematic the past six years of Labour government have been.”

Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial

Asked about what that led to order that the Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial no longer be cleared, Abela said that he felt that this was the decision that needed to be made. He said he wanted to make it clear, however, that the Great Siege monument in front of the Court belongs to all Maltese people.

Repubblika’s reaction to the Police Commissioner’s resignation

In a statement, Repubblika said that the Police Commissioner’s resignation offers the opportunity to launch a process of reform and development that is sorely needed within the Police Corps.

Civil society has been asking for this for the past two years three months, it said. During all this time, Robert Abela was a member of Parliament but he never uttered a word to show that he agreed with them, it continued.

Repubblika insisted that the appointment of the new Police Commissioner should be directed solely by the necessity to identify the most competent and honest person to lead a modern and disciplined Police Corps that is focused on protecting the citizens. It also demanded that the Attorney General, Peter Grech also resign. 

Repubblika also paid tribute to the good and delicate nature of much work that is carried out by the Police, saying that they deserve the respect and the support of all the people.