Addressing a parliamentary debate on Monday, prime minister Robert Abela slammed the length of time being taken for a magisterial inquiry into the death of Jean Paul Sofia to conclude as unacceptable.
The Prime Minister noted how three months after the 20-year-old’s death in Corradino, the initial stages of an inquiry have not yet been concluded.
The procès-verbal, a report on the findings of a magisterial inquiry, is not yet wrapped up and nobody has been charged, said Abela.
This report would be presented in court as part of the compilation of evidence against anyone charged with a crime based on the inquiry’s findings.
Abela did not refer to the site or the victim by name, taking issue with the length of time and lack of action indirectly. Sofia had been found in the rubble of the collapsed site after 16 hours of searching.
A public inquiry into the death of Sofia has been pushed by his family as well as the Opposition, but the Labour Party has so far resisted.
The comments came as Abela praised retired judge Joe Żammit McKeon, who was approved to become Ombudsman on Monday and had issued, according to Abela, 2,106 court sentences in his 12 years as judge.