Attorney General Peter Grech has refused to immediately grant PN leader Adrian Delia a copy of the Egrant inquiry report following today’s Constitutional Court ruling, invoking a legal argument which gives him two days to comply with the court decision.
Delia told the press after leaving the AG’s office that Grech is complicit in Malta’s current political situation and demanded his immediate resignation.
“After two years refusing to publish the Egrant report, the Attorney General is now saying that he needs two more days to give us this report that he’s been hiding for two years,” Delia tweeted. “He therefore remains in breach of the Constitution.”
Wara sentejn jirreżisti li jippubblika r-rapport tal-inkjesta Egrant. L-Avukat Ġenerali qed jgħid li jrid jumejn oħra biex jagħtini dan ir-rapport li ilu sentejn jaħbi, u għalhekk se jibqa' jikser il-Kostituzzjoni.
— Adrian Delia (@adriandeliapn) December 16, 2019
The Constitutional Court, presided over by Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi, ruled today that the Attorney General breached Delia’s rights when he handed over a copy of the Egrant report to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat but not to him.
Muscat had personally called for the magisterial inquiry back in 2017 after Daphne Caruana Galizia wrote that the Panama company Egrant belongs to his wife Michelle Muscat.
In July 2018, magistrate (now judge) Aaron Bugeja ruled that there was no evidence to back up the allegation that Egrant belonged to his wife and that it had received large sums of money from the ruling family of Azerbaijan through a bank account at Pilatus Bank.
The inquiry also found that signatures of a Mossack Fonseca nominee director on alleged declarations of trust, which had been presented to the magistrate, by former Malta Independent editor Pierre Portelli had been forged.
Joseph Muscat said he was the victim of an elaborate frame-up and had pledged to publish the full report but backtracked after Attorney General Peter Grech warned him that doing so could jeopardise police investigations into the frame-up.