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Updated | Busuttil says police commissioner must resign, Zammit: Dalli investigation still open

‘It is clear that Peter Paul Zammit’s loyalty is to Labour Party and not towards the country’ – says PN leader over refusal to press charges against John Dalli

miriam
Miriam Dalli
27 September 2013, 12:00am
Simon Busuttil has called for the Commissioner of Police's resignation. Photo: Chris Mangion/Mediatoday
Simon Busuttil has called for the Commissioner of Police's resignation. Photo: Chris Mangion/Mediatoday


Updated

Nationalist leader Simon Busuttil has called for the resignation of Commissioner of Police Peter Paul Zammit, after his predecessor yesterday told a court that both the police and the Attorney General had agreed some time between late 2012 and early 2013 that former European commissioner John Dalli should be charged on allegations of bribery.

Former police commissioner John Rizzo yesterday told a court during the compilation of evidence against Silvio Zammit, who stands accused of bribery, that both his investigative team and the Attorney General Peter Grech had agreed to issue charges against Dalli.

In a press conference, Busuttil today said that the police had been unable to press charges against Dalli, who was seeking medical treatment in Brussels between 2012 and 2013 after being questioned by police in Malta. "Coincidentally, Dalli returned to Malta on the same day that Peter Paul Zammit was appointed police commissioner... Dalli said he was sick, and suddenly he felt well enough to return."

Peter Paul Zammit was appointed police commissioner following the election of the Labour government.

"This is not a question of whether John Dalli is guilty or not, but of political interference," Busuttil said today, saying commissioner Peter Paul Zammit had taken a decision not to issue charges on his own assessment of the case shortly after being appointed to the position by the new Labour government.

"It is the Attorney General who now has to clarify his position on the matter," Busuttil said.

Peter Paul Zammit has gone on record stating that no charges will be issued against John Dalli, according to his reassessment of the investigation that police carried out.He had also stated that he had already consulted with Peter Grech, and that he had agreed with his assessment.

In a statement at 7:46pm, Peter Paul Zammit declared that the police "did not have enough proof to arraign Mr John Dalli in court, to find him guilty without doubt - which is the degree of proof required at law and our courts. This case is still being investigate and at this stage, any statement would prejudice the case. The Commissioner is not ready to enter into any political controversy that could prejudice ulterior investigations on this case."

The defence lawyers of Silvio Zammit, who is charged with soliciting a €60 million bribe to reverse a ban on smokeless tobacco through his friendship with Dalli, want the Commissioner of Police to verbalise his position in court in a bid to drop the bribery charge. They say that unless the author of the alleged bribery is charged, Zammit cannot be accused of having committed the act.

But today Simon Busuttil said that Zammit's position was at loggerheads with Rizzo's stance to issue charges against Dalli.

"We're no longer in a democracy where justice is being done with everyone. The course of justice is being manipulated by government and its allies, including the Commissioner of Police.

"His position is no longer tenable. He took this decision on the Dalli case, against the advice of Rizzo and the Attorney General. And Joseph Muscat must take responsibility for this decision," Busuttil said.

Rizzo yesterday told the court that it was his "subjective evaluation" of the evidence he had at hand, that resulted in his opinion that Dalli should be charged.

"Zammit should have left things as they were," Busuttil said when asked whether Peter Paul Zammit had availed himself of the same subjectivity in coming down to his own conclusion.

"Under oath, Rizzo said there was never any political interference. I have full trust in Rizzo."

Dalli, a former Nationalist minister, is presently a government advisor on healthcare reform. He served as EU health commissioner until he was forced to resign on 16 October 2012 by European Commission president José Barroso over an investigative report by EU anti-fraud office OLAF claiming he was aware of Zammit's bribe offer. But the OLAF investigation rested on circumstantial evidence that pointed at telephone calls made between Silvio Zammit and John Dalli.
miriam
Miriam Dalli joined MaltaToday.com.mt in 2010 and was assistant editor fr...
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HALLINA XMUN kemm tiflah TIGDEB u taqa ghan NEJK. John Dalli ma giex lura malta meta lahaq il kummissarju Zammit. Meta gie kien ghad hemm J R , u intom ma BQAJTU HALQKOM MGHALUQ. Int missek tirrezenja GHAX HLIEF TIGDEB MINTIX . ARA VERA LAHQU LILEK BHALA KAP GHAX JAFU LI INT KAPACI BISS BIEX TIGDEB U TAQA` GHAN NEJK.
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HALLINA XMUN kemm tiflah TIGDEB u taqa ghan NEJK. John Dalli ma giex lura malta meta lahaq il kummissarju Zammit. Meta gie kien ghad hemm J R , u intom ma BQAJTU HALQKOM MGHALUQ. Int missek tirrezenja GHAX HLIEF TIGDEB MINTIX . ARA VERA LAHQU LILEK BHALA KAP GHAX JAFU LI INT KAPACI BISS BIEX TIGDEB U TAQA` GHAN NEJK.
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It seems the police and army can't seem to keep out of the news. something is very strange. either one party is pulling the wool over the people's eyes or else the other has lost so much faith from the people that whatever they try to point out falls on deaf/biased ears.
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fejn qatt kien newtrali u oggettiv Simon? Jghid biss dak li jbellulhu sa grizmejt dawk li verament ghadhom imexxu il-partit tieghu. U xi nghidu ghal min kien jimxi skond HIS MASTERS VOICE ghal 12 il-sena shah. Jien, bla tlaqlieq nemmen lill Peter Paul Zammit li dahal min barra minghajr irbit, minghajr pressjoni, bil hila ta' Prokuratur Legali, bil-hila ta' Kap tal-Prosecution Unit tal-Pulizija ghal hafna zmien, u wara li ra id-dokumenti u flimkien mal-istess Avukat Generali li dendel fil-nofs Rizzo, qatghuha it-tnejn li ma kienx hemm provi kontra Dalli. Izda din iggib fix-xejn dak li kien konjurat kontra Dalli u ghalhekk Simon, id-DemoKristjan, hareg hatta bla habel kontra Dalli izda izjed u izjed kontra il-Kummissarju Pietru Pawl Zammit, li bl-imgieba tieghu xejjen ghal kollox il-konjuri malafamanti.
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john spiteri
Simon qata' is-sentenza: l-opinjoni ta Rizzo tajba; ta Zammit Le! U min qal hekk? Simon in-newtrali u l-oggettiv!
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Janice Sant
L-ezempju ikaxkar Simon! Tghidx kemm irrezenjajtu int u shabek meta skandlu wara l-iehor gherrew lis-socjeta Maltija! L-istess nies ta GonziPN imexxu minn imniehru lil Simon Busutill? Tlift il-boxla Simon qabal ma salpajt!
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Janice Sant
L-ezempju ikaxkar Simon! Tghidx kemm irrezenjajtu int u shabek meta skandlu wara l-iehor gherrew lis-socjeta Maltija! L-istess nies ta GonziPN imexxu minn imniehru lil Simon Busutill? Tlift il-boxla Simon qabal ma salpajt!
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SB= SIMON BULLSHI? @ PN = PARTIT NIL ,RESIGNATIONS ? A BIG JOKE I THINK COMING FROM THIS CORRUPT OPPOSITION PARTY.
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Lennex Brincat
Li kieku dawk il-persuni li intalbu jirrizenjaw minn Busullotti ghamlu hekk, ma baqa hadd fil-gvern. Ghax kantaliena shiha wiehed wara l-iehor, U jien nghid lil Busullotti ghadek ma bdejtx iddur thabbat il-bibien tan-nies. Tghidx kemm ghajjat li kont se tkun l-ewwel wiehed xhur ilu. Mhux ahjar tarma f'xi grocer u toqod tbiegh l-incova ghaziz Busullotti. Forsi Joseph jcempillek ha jara ghandekx pizelli flok medicini neqsin kif kont ghidt int f'wahda mic-cucati kolossali tieghek.
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Lennex Brincat
Li kieku dawk il-persuni li intalbu jirrizenjaw minn Busullotti ghamlu hekk, ma baqa hadd fil-gvern. Ghax kantaliena shiha wiehed wara l-iehor, U jien nghid lil Busullotti ghadek ma bdejtx iddur thabbat il-bibien tan-nies. Tghidx kemm ghajjat li kont se tkun l-ewwel wiehed xhur ilu. Mhux ahjar tarma f'xi grocer u toqod tbiegh l-incova ghaziz Busullotti. Forsi Joseph jcempillek ha jara ghandekx pizelli flok medicini neqsin kif kont ghidt int f'wahda mic-cucati kolossali tieghek.
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albert leone
Commissioner of Police Peter Paul Zammit must surely be doing a GREAT and GRAND job if Simon & Co. keep attacking him! BTW has one noticed how there is more presence of the police in the streets and how prompt the police seem to be faster on the scene ? What Simon should question is why the Police Commissioner in Gonzi's time did not proceed with the investigations and WHAT STOPPED HIM or should I say WHO STOPPED HIM? ;) Simple Simon will just reply that he was not here at the time . . . . .
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Janice Sant
Simon has lost his plot and his compass! Instead of uniting the Party he is hell bent on further divisions! If he can't see where all this internal bickering is leading to, what sort of leader is this guy? Jara sal-ponta ta imniehru biss? And why does nt he give alterantive 'solution' to Enemalta's huge debt and the sky high electrcity bills voted in 'bil-qalb' by his chum Gonzi? Every 3 months the electrcity bills remind us of GonziSimonPN; do you think we are going to vote you in when instead of saying 'mea culpa' for your past sins and disasters, you behave as if these never existed and indeed, possibly were a blessing!!??
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Janet Chircop Bray
Dr Simon & Co. Intom tafu tghoddu mill-1 sa 36,000 jew? Daqshekk kienu n-nies (over and above) li riedu lil PL jiggverna. Veru li ddum ftit biex taccetta li m'intix inti li qed tiggverna wara 25 sena ta renju. Il-PL ghandu dritt sagrosant li jaghmel il-hatriet fuq bordijiet etc lil min ghandu fiducja fih. Wara li jghaddi z-zmien il-poplu jiggudika u jiddeciedi. Tibqawx sejrin bhat-tfal, kull weekend titolbu r-rizenja ta xi hadd. Ikbru jekk joghgobkom forsi xi darba jkollkom chance li tergghu taraw s-siggu tal-poter. Ghaliex qbattu ma Dalli? Dan mhux intom htartuh? Mhux wiehed minnkom? Imisskom taqbzu ghalih jekk ma ghamel xejn hazin u mhux tkazbruh.
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Is-Sur Joe Vella Bonnici li minn hawn insellimlu ma kienx kandidat fl-ahhar elezzjoni
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Roderick Spiteri
Keep being negative. What a great asset you are for the PL. Preaching to the already converted whilst the rest won't even give a heck about your nonsense.
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Janice Sant
Simon, ghid xi haga sura! Hlief qrid, dwejjaq u negativita ma tafx tghid! Mhux kulhadd jaf li Dalli kellu 'frame up' biex tpattulu talli ikkompeta ma Gonzi? Dalli, is not about labour: its about the fraticide within GonziSimonPN. Don't blame the frame up on Labour : blame it on Gonzi! Miskin l-ex kummissarju u dawk ta Kastilja qatt ma indahhlu...ma kellhomx ghalfejn ghax kienu gewwa in the first place? Simon minn got -tagen ghal gon-nar! Ghala Simon qed jaqbez ghal Alibaba li issakjaw lil EneMalta dry? Ghidilna -please.
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joe grech
MINN ZAMMHOM LIL TA GONZIPN LI MA JINVESTIGAWHX. GHAX KIEN MARID? JEKK INTX MARID JEW LE, JEW GHAMILT CRIME GHANDEK TIGI INVESTIGAT LE? MA TAGHMILX DIFFERENZA. IMMA DAK IZ-ZMIEN HEKK KIEN JAQBEL GHALIHOM GHAX KIENET GEJJA L-ELEZZJONI U JOHN DALLI MA KIENX XI LABURIST IMMA PARTI MILL ISTORJA 'GLORJUZA' TAL-PARTIT NAZZJONALISTA.
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Stefan Cassar
When are you Simon, going to stop abusing your position, lean towards your fanatics and offend the public intelligence?
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THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY COIN. John Rizzo was appointed Commissioner by the PN Klikka who were involved directly or indirectly with John Dalli's first frame up and probably also the second frame up. The Attorney General was also appointed by the PN and therefore under their influence. So one side John Rizzo, pressurized by the PN to get Dalli behind bars (do not forget that he was arrested on the same day that Parliament was discussing Franco Debono - coincidence or masterminded!!??) and on the other side, Commissioner Peter Paul Zammit, a Legal Procurator, formerly in charge of the Prosecution Unit, who came in fresh from the corruption of the previous GONZIPN Klikka, with an open and legal mind. If there is any person who should resign it is Simon Busuttil with his continuous, monotonous harp of finding fault with God and his angels.
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Joseph Grech
RIZZO GIE DIZONORAT META GIE IMNEHHI MIN KUMMISARJU. KELLU IC CANS KIEKU RIED IRESSQU LIL DALLIU MA GHAMILX HEKK GHAL XI RAGUNIJIET.MIN JAF? KEEP IT UP SUR PETER PAUL AHNA WARAJK
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john spiteri
Kieku Simon u shabu uzaw l-istess energija li qed juzaw bhalissa fil-kaz ta l-EneMalta u id-dejn li salbu lill- pajjiz bih.....kieku innehhilu il-kappell! Imma, imma kbira....dan qed jaghmel bil-maqlub:......jiddefendi lil min gholla l-kontijiet tad-dawl u qed jikkritka l-fatt li Muscat qed jipprova irahhas l-kontijiet li salbu lill- Maltin Nazzjonalisit u Laburisti kollha! Simon mhux kulhadd jaf li Dalli gralu hekk ghax kisirha ma Gonzi? Anke Cyrus Engerer, l-ghada li kisirha ma Gonzi, il-Pulizija taht Rizzo arrestaw lil missieru , allavolja kien ilhom jafu li ihobb xi joint zmien qabel! Kollox bizzilla: imma ahna-bil-kontra ta dak li jahseb is-shadow minister 'arloggi' tieghek; m'ahniex cwiec ghal kollox! Kredibilita politika u konsistenza ZERO Simon! L-istess nies ta Gonzi bl-istess qried u arroganza li huma biss jafu kollox!
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Yanika Chetcuti
Xmun, this is how people felt during GonziPN's reign. MANIPULATION B'ADDOCC!
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Marcel Pace Asciak
Kemm qieghed sew dan Dr Busuttil, miskin.
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Politika negattiva u polarizzata. Din hi l-Opposizzjoni l-gdida tal-pajjiz. Se jigrilu bhal-istorja tal-lupu ghax hadd mhu qed jemmnu u wisq inqas jghati kasu. Komplu eqirdu tal-PN.