Call for an independent Inquiry in terms of the Inquiries Act (Chp. 273).
3rd June 2022
Subject: Call for an independent Inquiry in terms of the Inquiries Act (Chp. 273).
The Malta Police Union is making reference to the current issue related to the Warrant(s) of Arrest issued against Mr. Iosif Galea, which is in the public domain.
The Malta Police Union considers the allegations being put forward against the Police Force, and members of the Police Force very serious as these might have repercussions on one or many of our members.
To this regard, we deem that the decision to have the Independent Police Complaint Board, established through Chapter 164 of the Laws of Malta not correct as this Board does not have enough statutory powers to investigate, especially in the area of criminal matters. This issue related to Police Investigations which are exempt in terms of the Freedom of Information Act and also members of the Police Force cannot disclose them unless ordered to do so by a Court.
In view of the above, and keeping in mind in particular the overriding imperative of any Inquiry worthy of its name to arrive at the FULL truth, and in order to avoid any frame-up or cover up”,
the Union is requesting the Hon. Prime Minister or the Hon. Minister for Home Affairs, National Security, Security, Reforms and Equality, to appoint a proper and real independent Inquiry, In terms of Article 4 of the Inquiries Act, Chapter 273 of the Laws of Malta which will be able to administer an oath to any witness and to any person concerned in the Inquiry, and require them to give evidence and to produce documents in their possession or under their custody in such circumstances as they could be required to give evidence or produce documents before a court of law.
The Malta Police Union will not accept any findings by any Board which is not independent, or seen to be independent.
This is another step, the Malta Police Union is taking to ensure that justice is not only done, but seen to be done.