Nicholas Azzopardi inquiry to be re-opened
Police commissioner John Rizzo asks the Attorney General to re-open the magisterial inquiry into the death of Nicholas Azzopardi.
23 March 2012, 12:00am
The statement said that the Commissioner's request was made following media reports about the case which have emerged in the past week.
Last week, Adrian Lia, a former police sergeant who was crucial in determining the outcome of the Nicholas Azzopardi inquiry was arrested and charged in court for allegedly stealing €30,000 in cash which was confiscated during raids in connection with clandestine lotto. The former police had also deceived the police force and the government into believing he had saved a woman from drowning 14 years ago.
Last week, MaltaToday asked the Home Affairs Ministry whether Lia's evidence was reliable and whether the inquiry will be re-opened, however the ministry said that “despite the fact that the documentation in relation to both inquires has been open to scrutiny by journalists, their findings were never put in doubt.”
Adrian Lia had claimed that he had been injured in a scuffle with Azzopardi before he allegedly jumped off a wall. There was no proof in police records of any injuries to the police sergeant. A subsequent inquiry based many of its conclusions on the testimony of Adrian Lia.
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