Court upholds request for recusal of Mr Justice Mizzi from Panama Papers case
The Court today upheld a request for Mr Justice Antonio Mizzi not to continue presiding over the case in connection with the Panama Papers.
The request had been made by former Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil before the First Hall of the Civil Court, Constitutional jurisdiction, after Mr Justice Mizzi refused to recuse himself.
The Court considered that the fact that Mr Justice Mizzi is married to MEP Marlene Mizzi is not enough for him to recuse himself, but coupled with the fact that MEP Mizzi had commented about the Panama Papers, this would have created doubts about whether justice would be seen to be done.
At the same time, the Court denied a request by Dr Busuttil for a reduction of the time period allowed for an appeal, stating this would remain at 20 days from the date of the sentence, as per normal practice.