Watch: ‘It seems there is nothing stopping me from publishing Egrant inquiry report,’ – Delia says

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Opposition leader and Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that in the court ruling handed out on Monday morning there was nothing stopping him from publishing the Egrant inquiry report.

The Court of Appeal ordered the Attorney General to release a copy of the Egrant inquiry report to the Opposition Leader Delia. After reading the decision and seeking legal advice, Delia said that there was nothing in the report hindering him from publishing the inquiry report into the third Panamanian company, Egrant. The report was prepared by then-Magistrate Aaron Bugeja. Last year, only the main conclusions of the report were published.

In a video message which was released on his Facebook page and the Nationalist Party media, Delia spoke on Monday afternoon. Initially the Attorney General had reportedly told Delia that he would invoke the right to release the report two days after the decision. The report was delivered to Delia later on during the day.

The court found that the Attorney General had breached the Opposition Leader’s fundamental rights when not giving him a copy of the report, while a copy of the report was given to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Justice Minister Owen Bonnici, then-OPM Head of Communications Kurt Farrugia and three other ministers. Delia was denied access to a copy of the full report for 18 whole months.

Delia noted that the Attorney General who also serves as state advocate, had breached the country’s constitution which he was meant to safeguard. ‘He did so to protect a gang, and should therefore resign with immediate effect,’ Delia stated. He added that his resignation would be in the best interest of the country.

Delia remarked that the current Cabinet had shown its unanimous trust in the Prime Minister, the AG and former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. He added that the Cabinet is complicit and part of the problem. ‘The Cabinet can never be part of a solution,’ the Opposition Leader said.

The Nationalist leader explained that he sought legal advice on whether or not he was in a position to publish a copy of the Egrant inquest report in view of the ruling given on Monday morning. Delia will be looking into the report and see if there were parts of the report which cannot be published.