The often criticised Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar has insisted that Malta has actually become safer under his watch, just a day after two Armed Forces officers were charged with the racially motivated murder of Lassana Cisse Souleymane.
Cutajar’s tenure has routinely been the subject of intense questioning following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and his perceived inaction when it has come to very serious allegations against some of the highest ranking officials in government.
“We have solved murders which up to some years ago we thought we would never solve, and I feel proud that despite economic growth and a huge influx of tourists, in 2018 crime fell by 7% – the largest drop since 2009,” the Times of Malta has quoted Cutajar as saying.
Cutajar was speaking at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the police and Malta’s Gaming Authority.
The question surrounding safety in Malta has begun to gather steam in light of the horrific murder, whose suspects were also part of another racist attack just a few months prior that seems to have been ignored by Police.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has been quick to downplay concerns, instead heaping praise on both the AFM and Police.
The PN have said the opposite, with Spokesperson for Home Affairs Beppe Fenech Adami telling a press conference that there was a significant crime problem in Malta.
Fenech Adami maintained that while the government may say that Malta is safe, every day people are feeling concerned, adding that it was clear organised crime was in Malta.
Feature image: Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar (Source: Malta Police Force)