The Farrugia brothers have lost their protector

Published: December 15, 2014 at 1:20pm

Gearing up for his kontra-attakk - see my post of earlier today

Gearing up for his kontra-attakk – see my post of earlier today

The Farrugia brothers, to whom Manuel Mallia was legal counsel until he became Police Minister last year (he may have carried on unofficially) have lost their protector against police action.

The police were preparing to charge them on corruption, bribery and fraud last year when the police officers in charge of their investigation were redeployed elsewhere when their lawyer became Police Minister.

Now the new Police Commissioner Michael Cassar has said in an interview that they will be charged. John Dalli will not be charged, he said, unless there is new evidence. This is because he was of the view from the outset that Dalli should have been charged with his sidekick Silvio Zammit so as to secure a conviction. If he is charged alone, there is not much chance of a conviction, he said, and he believes that the police should only charge somebody when they know they stand a pretty good chance of being successful with a conviction.

What a shame they didn’t stick to the same principle when charging Sergeant Lee Roy Balzan. They didn’t even bother to look at the CCTV footage despite his insistence that he wasn’t even at the station when the arrest report was deleted.




4 Comments Comment

    • ciccio says:

      The other Maltese media appear to have been only informed about discussions on diplomatic relations, political and economic ties. There is no information about two documents being signed.

      I wonder what they mean by political ties … joint “free and fair” elections, maybe? Or Labour Party financing?

  1. Antoine Vella says:

    It would be nice and honourable for the new Commissioner and the new minister to apologise to Sergeant Lee Roy Balzan.

  2. veritas says:

    A simple sorry and withdrawal of charges is never enough to clean the slate of being unjustly accused. Ask Pietru Pawl Busuttil.

    Apologies should be made by those who have committed the ‘errors’.

    A new administration apologizing for past mistakes is a sham.

    The best the new administration can do is to ensure ‘never again’, and foot the bill where due and perhaps look to recuperating the costs from the ill-intentioned individual.

    That is proportioning the blame onto the deserved.

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