Opposition leader Adrian Delia has presented an extensive list of witnesses he wants to see testify in his case against the Attorney General for the publication of the full Egrant inquiry.
Testifying in the Constitutional Court this week, Delia warned that the Attorney General’s decision to hand over a copy of the Egrant report to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat but not to himself has led to a political inequality of arms, with his political rival in possession of sensitive information that he isn’t privy to.
Although the PN leader stuck to his stance that the inquiry report will not contradict the published conclusions, he argued that it could well contain crucial information on politicians and politically-exposed people.
And these are the witnesses he plans to present to back up his case, a list that is being contested by the Attorney General:
Attorney General Peter Grech to testify about his role in concealing the report, including about any directions or instructions in this regard by top government officials. Grech will be asked to confirm, amongst there things, how often he has given a full copy of a magisterial inquiry to the person who had requested it, whether he has ever published magisterial inquiries and whether he has ever let journalists see copies of inquiries.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to testify whether he has passed on a copy of the inquiry to anyone else and to publish all correspondence he, or third parties acting on his behalf, had with the Attorney General in relation to the Egrant inquiry.
Justice Minister Owen Bonnici to testify about any Egrant documentation in his possession and about his relationship with the Office of the Attorney General, particularly given that it was he who had informed the public about magisterial inquiries into the Paqpaqli and PlusOne cases.
Attorney General Peter Grech
Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri and former EU Commissioner John Dalli to testify about any information in their possession related to the Egrant inquiry.
ONE TV presenter Karl Stagno Navarra and the CEO of ONE Productions to testify about any documentation that was in his possession before he aired an edition of Pjazza while Joseph Muscat was delivering a press conference on the Egrant findings last July.
The Prime Minister’s head of communications Kurt Farrugia and the head of the Department of Information to testify about statements issued by the government and the Labour Party in connection with the Egrant inquiry.
Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar to testify about police investigations into the Egrant inquiry.
Lawyers Pawlu Lia and Edward Gatt, who have worked for high-profile PL politicians, about their involvement in the Egrant case.
MaltaToday’s editors Saviour Balzan and Matthew Vella, as well as other journalists from the newspaper, to testify about stories they published about the Egrant inquiry, including about how former FIAU officer Jonathan Ferris had allegedly told magistrate Aaron Bugeja that the Panama company was Labour’s electoral fund.
Times of Malta journalist Jacob Borg to testify about a story he wrote last month, in which he quoted Joseph Muscat as saying that the Egrant inquiry had uncovered other forged signatures besides the ones on the supposed declarations of trust.
Police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar
Nexia BT partners Karl Cini and Brian Tonna to testify about any access they may have to the Egrant inquiry report and about any possible police investigation against them in relation to the magisterial inquiry.
Former FIAU investigator Jonathan Ferris to testify about any access he may have to the Egrant inquiry report and about any possible police investigation against him in relation to the magisterial inquiry.
The shareholders, directors and employees of Pilatus Bank, including its owner Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, to testify about any testimony they may have given Aaron Bugeja and about whether they had been given a copy of the inquiry report.
Finance Minister Edward Scicluna to testify whether he has asked for, and has been given, a copy of the Egrant inquiry report and to state what information he has in his possession in relation to the inquiry.
FIAU chairman Peter Grech (also the Attorney General) and other FIAU officials to testify whether the agency ever investigated the protagonists of the Egrant inquiry and whether they had been summoned to testify by Aaron Bugeja.
MFSA chairman Prof. John Mamo and other MFSA officials to testify whether they ever investigated the protagonists of the Egrant inquiry and whether they had been summoned to testify by Aaron Bugeja.