Left: Police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar; Right: Alleged police mole Aldo Cassar
Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi has accused Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar of colluding with criminals when he failed to fire a police officer after finding out he had allegedly tipped off the three men suspected of murdering Daphne Caruana Galizia prior to the raid on their hideout last December.
In Parliament today, Azzopardi accused Aldo Cassar – who until recently worked in the police’s criminal intelligence unit – of calling up George and Alfred Degiorgio and Vince Muscat before the raid last December.
“One would have imagined the Police Commissioner would have started criminal action for the serious crimes committed but all he did was offer him a choice between a transfer to the Rapid Intervention Unit and a transfer to a police station,” Azzopardi said. “The Police Commissioner must resign on the spot.”
Cassar was subsequently transferred to the RIU and is still working there till this day.
Azzopardi claimed he had received this information from various sources inside the police force.
However, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson Kurt Farrugia said he has been informed Azzopardi’s allegations are lies and questioned why the PN MP chose to speak under the cover of parliamentary immunity instead of in the murder case – where he is acting as a lawyer in parte civile for the Caruana Galizia family.
Cassar used to work as an immigration officer at the airport and he hit the news in 2012 when he escorted a Libyan national off a plane that had just landed in Malta, and boarded him onto a private jet that then Opposition leader Joseph Muscat had used to travel to Libya – against all protocol. Cassar was transferred to the Economic Crimes Unit in 2013 and the Criminal Intelligence Unit in 2016.
In his speech, Azzopardi also lashed out at the Malta Security Services, questioning how they had failed to foresee and prevent Caruana Galizia’s assassination despite having tapped George Degiorgio’s phone since August 2017.
“It is incredible that the MSS didn’t realise what the suspects were plotting and that the only high-profile target in Bidnija was Daphne Caruana Galizia,” he said. “Instead of being used for our security, the MSS are being used to protect criminals. You are rotten to the core!”
Azzopardi also strongly suggested that Joseph Muscat called a snap election last year after finding out that a massive tranche of documents from the Electrogas consortium had been leaked to Caruana Galizia.