The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe which represents 47 countries has approved a report which criticises the rule of law in Malta which was drawn up by Dutch MEP Pieter Ormtzigt. The report was approved by 72 in favour and 18 against with three abstentions.
Among other things, the report has urged the Government to launch a public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The report expresses its concerns about the ongoing murder investigation including the failure of the Police to ask the German Police for Mrs Caruana Galizia’s laptop which was handed over to the German police by the Caruana Galizia family shortly after her death.
The report also criticised the fact no criminal action was taken against Minister Konrad Mizzi after he was implicated in the Panama Papers. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe concluded that the rule of law in Malta is being undermined by a weak system where the necessary controls over the authority of the Prime Minister do not exist. The report says that people such as Konrad Mizzi, Keith Schembri and Brian Tonna appear to be above the law because it appears that they enjoy the protection of the Prime Minister.
The report, a draft of which was leaked last May prior to the MEP elections, was criticised by the Maltese Government because it is full of inaccuracies which do not give an accurate picture of the situation in Malta. The Maltese Government also attacked the credibility of Dutch MEP Pieter Ormtzigt who was appointed on another occasion to make a false statement about the case of the passenger plane which crashed in the Ukraine.