Security Services Head doesn’t say whether Committee acted lawfully

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Security Services Director Joseph Bugeja refused to say whether the Security Committee operated lawfully.

During Wednesday’s sitting of the public inquiry about Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, Joseph Bugeja revealed that the Principle Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar had attended a number of meetings held by the Security Committee.

The law states that the Security Committee shall consist of the Prime Minister, the Minister responsible for the Security Service, the Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs, and the Leader of the Opposition.

Newsbook.com.mt asked Bugeja about Cutajar’s presence, however no replies were forthcoming. Bugeja didn’t give a reason for his refusal to answer the questions being put to him by Newsbook.com.mt.

Cutajar’s presence during these meetings was revealed by Bugeja after being questioned by lawyers Jason Azzopardi and Therese Comodini Cachia during the public inquiry.

“Unbelievable. Head Security Services, questioned by myself & Therese Comidini Cachia, reveals (public part of sitting) that Mario Cutajar attended Security Committee meetings, in breach of the Law,” wrote Azzopardi on Facebook.

Unbelievable. Head Security Services, questioned by myself & Therese Comidini Cachia, reveals (public part of sitting)…

Posted by Jason Azzopardi on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

After today’s public inquiry sitting ended, the Office of the Principle Permanent Secretary released a statement saying that the person acting as the head of the civil service had been acting as the Security Committee’s secretary since 2001.

According to the statement, the decision in 2001 was approved by then PM Eddie Fenech Adami.

The Office released a photo of the minutes showing Fenech Adami’s signature approving this decision.

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