Labour MEP candidate Daniel Attard has spoken out about a judicial complaint he filed against Repubblika’s lawyer Jason Azzopardi over a Facebook post which he said shows he has knowledge about an ongoing magisterial inquiry into the Vitals hospitals deal.
“I want justice to be blind,” Attard told Lovin Malta. “Justice should not only be done but it should be seen to be done. No one is above the law. We don’t have one law for gods and another law for animals.”
“If I, or any other PL-leaning lawyer did what Jason Azzopardi did, the independent media would have slaughtered him.”
“I know many people are terrorised and that the media is under pressure not to report these things, but I’m not scared if they terrorise me.”
Attard’s complaint to the Commission for the Administration of Justice, which has the power to discipline lawyers and judges, flags a Facebook post that Azzopardi published last October.
“In the coming three months, particularly in November and December, powerful and unprecedented news will break from a judicial aspect that will result in the temperature increasing,” Azzopardi had written. “Repubblika and Daphne Caruana Galizia will be proven right on an issue that is so big that it will cause a political earthquake.”
Attard said that this post implies knowledge of a magisterial inquiry into the hospitals deal, which included a police search of Joseph Muscat’s home. As of February, this inquiry is still ongoing and is being challenged by Muscat, who is demanding that magistrate Gabriella Vella recuse herself.
Azzopardi has denied leaking information from the inquiry and has warned that leaks actually emerged from the police and the Malta Security Services to the point that Muscat was informed of the search in advance.
He said yesterday that Muscat was informed by “loyalists” within the MSS and that he had even removed certain devices from his home prior to the search.
He also warned that Prime Minister Robert Abela was aware in advance, to the point that he abruptly cancelled a scheduled visit to the Dubai Expo to ensure he was in Malta when the search took place.
Moreover, Azzopardi said Abela’s recent statement that the inquiry could be concluded before the MEP election to deal maximum damage to the PL indicates that he himself is informed of developments within the inquiry.
“Maybe the inquiry won’t find anything wrong or it will simply flag administrative problems. How does the Prime Minister know? Logic doesn’t fail and, using logic, you must reach the conclusion that Robert Abela and Joseph Muscat are informed of goings-on, and we know that they have potential informers.”
However, Attard is warning that Azzopardi’s Facebook posts show that he had leaked information from the inquiry himself.
“It is clear and unequivocal that these declarations and other subsequent ones made by Azzopardi were intended to destabilise the judicial process and influence the concerned judiciary,” his complaint reads. “This would consequently undermine the reputation of the courts as an autonomous institution and result in a deterioration of public trust in the judicial system.”
“Moreover, Jason Azzopardi is the legal representative of Repubblika who, according to him, will be proven right. This means that he is part of the judicial processes he is referring to, and he should never have had direct or indirect access to the acts of these processes. His actions have vitiated these processes, in manifest breach of the Code of Ethics regulating the legal profession.”
Attard also flagged a Facebook post that Azzopardi published in November, in which he published the conclusion of a magisterial inquiry into the death of a Wasteserv employee, which allegedly recommended criminal action against six people.
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