If minister sympathises with me, he should have voted in favour of bill – Emanuel Camilleri
Emanuel Camilleri, who was wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit, asked how come the Minister for Justice is saying that he sympathises with him while still saying he’s voting against the private members’ bill put forward by Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi.
Mr Camilleri, who had spent over 400 days in prison following a court sentence following charges of abuse on his daughter, took to Facebook following yesterday’s parliamentary debate.
The bill was proposing amendments to the Civil Code to extend the right of persons who were tried by jury to request the Court of Criminal Appeal to re-investigate the case, to those convicted by the Court of Magistrates. It was defeated by 31 votes against 23.
“The minister said that a remedy was found, but he does not know how much that remedy has cost me and my family, financially and psychologically,” he said.
Mr Camilleri also said that it is the job of the police to investigate properly the witnesses and to carry out the proper psychological assessments. “So now I ask you, whose fault was it that I went to prison?”
He thanked the Opposition and Jason Azzopardi for the support.