In its decision the Court of Appeal has held that the Opposition Leader Adrian Delia is given a copy of the full report of the Egrant inquiry, but stressed that under no circumstance, it should be published. Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi, Judge Giannino Caruana Demajo and Anthony Ellul announced this decision earlier this morning after the Leader of the Opposition had insisted upon its publication and argued that in not doing so was a breach of his rights. Delia has always insisted that he be given a copy of the full report, as without it, the opposition is in a political disadvantage.
The first court had not granted Delia’s request, but he appealed this decision. Excerpts of the findings of the Egrant inquiry were published last year but until now, the Attorney General had refused to publish the full report.
It was Joseph Muscat himself who had called a public inquiry into Egrant after the late Daphne Caruana Galizia Egrant had alleged in her blog that the company belonged to his wife, Michelle Muscat. In the inquiry’s conclusions, Magistrate Aaron Bugeja (now Judge), had stated that he did not find any evidence that linked Egrant with the Prime Minister or anyone from his family.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General has always insisted that because of the delicate constitutional nature of the report, he had taken the decision to forward a copy to the Prime Minister but has since insisted that this does not mean that he is in any obliged to publish the report.