Franco’s weapon of mass destruction: his Crackberry

Published: January 14, 2012 at 8:59pm

It's Franco Debono. He wants to know whether we're with Melita or Go, and if we're interested in their new home internet packages.

The Times, 5 September 2011

A Magistrate said today that she would not tolerate ‘unacceptable behaviour’ from lawyer Franco Debono after he phoned her while she was presiding a court sitting.

Magistrate Clare Stafrace Zammit was considering a point raised by Dr Debono last week about whether court proceedings recorded by digital means were according to law, when she was informed that Dr Debono could not attend the sitting since he was sick. Immediately after, she was told that he was on the phone.

The Magistrate told the Deputy Registrar that Dr Debono should not expect her to interrupt a court sitting to speak to him on the phone, and this was unacceptable behaviour.



Dr Debono in a reaction, told that he never asked to speak to the Magistrate and had phoned the Deputy Registrar to confirm that he was sick at home.

Dr Debono explained that when he fell ill, he asked Dr Charmaine Cherrett to inform the Court that he was sick and ask for an adjournment. Notwithstanding, the Magistrate proceeded to hear the witness. When Dr Cherrett informed him that the hearing was still continuing, he phoned the Court and asked to speak to the Deputy Registrar so that she could confirm that he was sick at home.

“At no point in time did I ask to speak to the Magistrate” Dr Debono insisted. He added that the continuation of the court case was “unacceptable”.

Every accused had the constitutional right to have his lawyer present at all times during a trial, he said.


Isn’t Charmaine Cherrett his sidekick?

6 Comments Comment

  1. maryanne says:

    According to Facebook she is a senior partner in his firm.

  2. Min Weber says:

    Geghluha titlef l-erre.


    • A highly principled freedom fighter for democracy. Ho ho ho says:

      He`s so concerned that the highest institutions in the land, such as the law courts, function properly that only a few days after the aforementioned incident, he embarked on yet another crusade and publicly stated that judges and magistrates should be carefully selected before occupying such responsible positions.

      He`s undergoing such suffering for his principled stands. Ho ho ho.

  3. ciccio says:

    Franco’s crackberry should have a ringtone like this:

  4. bookworm says:

    Dak ried jabbuza mill-magistrat ghax kienet mieghu fil-kors.

  5. Observer says:

    She is also assisting Jose Herrera in several cases. So what is the common denominator?

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