If min­is­ter sym­pa­thises with me, he should have voted in favour of bill – Emanuel Camil­leri

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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