Will not testify in Constitutional Case – ordered to present excerpts they quoted from Egrant Report
The Constitutional Court has accepted submissions by Ministers Edward Scicluna, Konrad Mizzi and Chris Cardona not to testify in a Constitutional Case but has given them two days in which to present excerpts they quoted from the Egrant Report in a separate case. The request to testify had been made by Opposition Leader Adrian Delia who reasoned the excerpts quoted were not the conclusions of the Inquiry Report and therefore this signifies they are supposed to have a copy of the full Report.
It its decree, the Court presided by Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi with Judges Giannino Caruana Demajo and Noel Cuschieri, observed the request to exempt the Ministers from testifying is meant to maintain the confidentiality of the Inquiry contents. It also stated the exemption was granted because the Ministers have to protect their interests as persons who may have been placed under suspect in the Inquiry.
In a statement, Opposition Leader Adrian Delia requested the Prime Minister to take steps against the Ministers who he said had been declared by the highest Court in the land to be suspects in having breached criminal law and only this has prevented them from testifying.