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Acquitted of ecstasy trafficking after he was interrogated without lawyer’s assistance

A man, who was condemned to six months in prison for drug trafficking 15 years ago, had his sentence nullified by the Court of Appeal which acquitted him of the charge.

48-year old Godfrey Galea was accused that in June 2003 and before he sold ecstasy and was in possession of the drug in circumstances which showed it was not for his exclusive use.

He was imprisoned and fined €800 by the Magistrate Court in October 2015 and appealed the sentence arguing he should have been acquitted because he was interrogated without the presence of a lawyer.

Judge Giovanni Grixti in the Court of Appeal considered that Galea was caught by Police with 23 suspected ecstasy pills at Ta’ Qali, however the pills were never tested to establish if they were really ecstasy.

It also considered that the prosecution charged Galea six years after he was caught and the only proof against him was his statement to Police when he was interrogated without legal assistance years before.

The Court upheld Galea’s request and acquitted him.