Judge Mizzi adjourns Panama Papers case until after day of retirement
Judge Antonio Mizzi will no longer be hearing the Panama Papers case after he adjourned the case to after his retirement date.
Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil had objected to the fact that the case was being heard by a judge who is married to a Labour MEP.
A legal saga was sparked off last year when Busuttil called upon a magistrates’ court to launch an investigation into the revelations emerging from the Panama Papers involving several high-profile Maltese figures.
In a tense sitting yesterday morning, Judge Antonio Mizzi, presiding over the Criminal Court, told assembled lawyers that he didn’t think that a case of this importance should be dealt with in the three days left before his retirement.
“Forum shopping is a big mistake, because you know where you start but not where you end,” said the judge, visibly annoyed.
“Had we not amended laws in a piecemeal way, this would not have happened.”
“I’m not here to take sides. I never took sides. I can’t be bothered with political parties. I have always done my duty without fear or favour. It hurt and angered me when shadows were cast upon me. But that’s enough.”
The case was put off until December.