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Court says documents are admissible as proof in constitutional case on Panama Papers

The Constitutional Court decided that a number of documents, presented by former Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil in the case he initiated on the Panama Papers, may be exhibited in the case acts. The decision was given by the Court presided by Judge Joseph Zammit McKeon.

There are three documents which include the transcription of the hearing before Judge Antonio Mizzi, and two decisions given by Inquiring Magistrate Aaron Bugeja.

The request for the refusal of the documents which form part of the Panama Papers inquiry was made by the Attorney General and by the lawyers of the Prime Minister, the Chief of Staff at the PM Office Keith Schembri and Minister Konrad Mizzi, among others.

The Court also upheld the request by Adrian Hillman so that a number of documents which consist of reports of the media on what was said by MEP Marlene Mizzi, as a proof of publication, and not of content.

Originally, Dr Busuttil had requested the recusal of Judge Mizzi from hearing the appeal as he is the husband of Labour MEP Marlene Mizzi. As Judge Mizzi had refused to recuse himself, Dr Busuttil initiated a constitutional case alleging breach of the right of a fair hearing.

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