A govern­ment ‘that re­spects court decisions, and does not crit­i­cise them’

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Carmelo Abela took note of the de­ci­sion taken by the Court of Ap­peal re­gard­ing the rights of the Om­buds­man to in­ves­ti­gate com­plaints by of­fi­cers in the Armed Forces of Malta.

The case was ini­tially filed over dis­putes about a num­ber of con­tro­ver­sial pro­mo­tions given out in Septem­ber 2013, most no­tably that of Jef­frey Curmi, who ob­tained four pro­mo­tions from ma­jor to bri­gadier.

In a press re­lease is­sued yes­ter­day evening by the Home Af­fairs Min­istry, it said that it is nor­mal for any healthy democ­racy for peo­ple to have dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the law, which is ul­ti­mately de­cided by the law courts.

The dif­fer­ence is that con­trary to the Op­po­si­tion, the govern­ment al­ways re­spects the decisions of the law courts.

Through the press state­ment re­leased by the Na­tion­al­ist Party yes­ter­day, it is dis­ap­point­ing to see that the Op­po­si­tion is yet again try­ing to turn a court de­ci­sion into a po­lit­i­cal foot­ball.

It is also shame­ful how the Op­po­si­tion ap­pears to be shocked with the pro­mo­tions given in the armed forces, which are be­ing con­tested, when dur­ing PN ad­min­is­tra­tions pro­mo­tions were given without any calls for ap­pli­ca­tions be­ing re­leased, or any form of se­lec­tion process.

A num­ber of shame­ful prac­tices were em­ployed in the pro­vi­sion of pro­mo­tions within the armed forces, with un­bri­dled dis­crim­i­na­tion for im­por­tant po­si­tion that were cre­ated on pur­pose for cho­sen ones, con­trary to Mal­tese law. In fact, the le­git­i­macy of a num­ber of these pro­mo­tions have been brought be­fore the courts and are still await­ing de­ci­sion.

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