Police Superintendent suspected of fraud resigns

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Police Superintendent Walter Spiteri who used to head the Traffic Police Unit and is suspected of overtime fraud has resigned, Newsbook.com.mt has learnt.

The Police Superintendent is being investigated for suspected overtime abuse involving more than half the members of the police’s traffic squad.

His resignation was confirmed by the police on Wednesday afternoon.

Spiteri was reinstated in the Police Force in 2017, after he had completed his 25 years of service. He was in charge of the day-to-day running of the traffic unit and was allegedly found to have claimed motorcycle-related allowances even though he makes use of a chauffeur-driven car.

The Police insisted that it had a contingency plan in place after 30 police officers were held under arrest in connection to the overtime racket.

‘Abuse on this scale is not the result of one person’s mistake’ – Repubblika

Non-governmental organisation Repubblika described the case as a ‘scandal’ and a link in the change of ‘abuse, corruption and impunity which is rampant in the country’. The rule-of-law NGO said that such an abuse such as this is not the result of one person’s mistake but it happened because there was a framework which allowed for it.

Repubblika highlighted that the Government had reinstated police officials with a criminal record. It noted that the government showed impunity when it defended disgraced former Minister Konrad Mizzi and disgraced former Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.

Repubblika said that while there were honest and serious police officers, there were bad elements in the police force such as those who allow for political influence to hinder them in the carrying out of their duties. Repubblika called for the protection of the whistleblower in this case. It added, that former police inspector and FIAU investigator Jonathan Ferris and Maria Efimova should be given whistleblower status.

PN calls on the government to reach an agreement with the Opposition on the new police commissioner

Partit Nazzjonalista insisted that the Police Force needs to start afresh in order to gain the public’s trust. In a statement, Opposition spokesperson for home affairs Beppe Fenech Adami said that the Police Force was passing through a difficult moment, having been undermined with a culture of corruption and impunity.

The party saluted honest police officers who felt betrayed by the actions of the few among them.

Partit Nazzjonalista urged Prime Minister Robert Abela to take up its call for the appointment of the new police commissioner to be made by consensus.