PN con­demns ‘Mus­cat govern­ment’ for try­ing to block Om­buds­man’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions

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Mon­day’s de­ci­sion is a con­dem­na­tion for Mus­cat’s govern­ment

The Na­tion­al­ist Party yes­ter­day con­demned the “Mus­cat govern­ment” for at­tempt­ing to block the Om­buds­man from in­ves­ti­gat­ing pro­mo­tions in the Armed Forces of Malta.

In a judg­ment given on Mon­day, the court of ap­peal con­firmed that the Om­buds­man has au­thor­ity to in­ves­ti­gate com­plaints by army of­fi­cers.

The case had been in­sti­tuted by for­mer Om­buds­man Joseph Said Pul­li­cino against the Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter and per­ma­nent sec­re­tary.

In a state­ment is­sued by deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami, the PN said the Om­buds­man was con­strained to file le­gal pro­ceed­ings to be able to re­move the ob­sta­cle put up by the govern­ment. Mon­day’s de­ci­sion is a con­dem­na­tion for Mus­cat’s govern­ment, the PN said.

Soon af­ter tak­ing power, the govern­ment em­barked on an ex­er­cise to pro­mote Labour stal­warts in the army, while ig­nor­ing oth­ers who de­served to ad­vance.

The PN said that it will seek to rec­tify any in­jus­tices when elected.

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