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PAGE 2 SUNDAY • 18 JULY 2021 • ISSUE 1133 • PUBLISHED SUNDAY AND WEDNESDAY maltatoday Third-party charge Paul Portelli The actor lets us in to his guilty pleasures in our Q&A TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT MATTHEW VELLA THE Enemalta oil scan- dal's prosecutions of 2013 were crippled by court delays from the prosecu- tion and the actions of the Attorney General, with a majority of court cas- es achieving "absolutely nothing", Malta's Chief Justice and two judges declared in a fair hearing complaint. The ineffectiveness of the Maltese prosecution in the oil scandal after 2013 were placed in a harsh light by the Con- stitutional Court, in a fair hearing complaint by for- mer Enemalta function- ary Tarcisio Mifsud. The Constitutional Court, presided by the Chief Justice, said that in 27 sittings for the compi- lation of evidence against Mifsud, nothing had hap- pened in 15 of these sit- tings. Additionally, after the Attorney General issued charges for Mifsud to be tried before a Criminal Court in 2015, it prevent- ed him from a summary procedure by imposing a condition to have two other criminal suspects testify. This prevented the rapid resolution of the Mifsud case, extend- ing the process by three years, with 14 sittings "in which absolutely nothing happened." "It is clear that in the proceedings against Tar- cisio Mifsud, over six years, in two-thirds of the 41 sittings, or 29, no form of evidence was pre- sented! This kind of de- lay cannot be attributed to the courts in any way since it made its utmost to accommodate the sit- tings as regularly as pos- sible, but it is undeniably the unique shortcoming of the prosecution as well as of the Attorney Gener- al, which tied the hands of the magistrates' court." Arnas Lasys thinks pan-European party Volt is what Malta's political system needs MT2 ENEMALTA OIL SCANDAL In Constitutional Court, police, Attorney General slammed over delays Might Chief Justice to AG and police: 'Are you waiting for everyone to die?' This informaaon campaign was produced with the financial support of the European Union. The EU wants to improve Maltese jobs. Find out how Cohesion Funds support quality employment. Discover more on OUREU.MT #ourEU #CohesionFunds The PN's search for a knight in shining armour KURT SANSONE on Bernard Grech's quest for a game-changer to have the PN stage a comeback and challenge Labour PGS 14-15 3 Chief Justice slams police and AG over years-long delays and extensions to oil scandal hearings Lawyers frustrated by limited access to new inmates K ARL AZZOPARDI NEW prison inmates have restricted ac- cess to their lawyers, leading to frustra- tion in legal circles, MaltaToday has learnt. People setting foot inside jail for the first time are being subjected to a 14-day quarantine period in line with COVID-19 measures introduced by the prison admin- istration. Prisoners are held in solitary confine- ment in Division 6, where they spend 23 hours in their cell and only allowed to leave for one hour per day. Within that one hour, inmates are ex- pected to clean their cell, exercise and find time to speak to their lawyer. PAGE 7 €1.95

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