Inquiry opened into case of prisoner who was not granted bail and who appeared in Court not accompanied by any official

The Minister of Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement, has appointed an inquiry according to law with the aim of establishing the facts in connection with the case where a prisoner who was not granted bail was released from jail and appeared in Court not accompanied by an official from the Corrective Services Agency.

The Minister said that he took this step immediately, as soon as he learned of this case.

The inquiry will be led by Chief Justice Emeritus, Joseph Azzopardi.

The terms of reference of this inquiry require that one establishes all the facts of the case and offers recommendations if it feels they are necessary.

The terms of the inquiry are that it should be concluded in not more than 20 days.

From preliminary information, it appears that the prisoner to whom reference is being made had other cases apart from the one in which he appeared in front of the Court on Tuesday morning.

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