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15/12/2012 - Impeachment motions, one judge resigns

A press release from the Office of the President of Malta stated that at about 3 p.m. today (Saturday 15 December) Dr Raymond Pace called at San Anton Palace and handed his letter of resignation to H.E. the President of Malta. In his letter Dr Pace said that irrespective of the outcome of the current criminal proceedings against him, his position as a Judge of the Superior Courts had become untenable.

Dr Pace was arraigned in court on Thursday 13 December and charged with bribery and trading in influence.

Earlier in the day the Cabinet approved and presented in Parliament two motions of impeachment: one in respect of Mr Justice Raymond Pace and another in respect of Mr Justice Carmelo Farrugia Sacco.

In August 2007 the Commission for the Administration of Justice had directed Mr Justice Farrugia Sacco to relinquish the post of president of the Malta Olympic Committee since his position on this committee was incompatible with the Code of Ethics for Members of the Judiciary. Mr Justice Farrugia Sacco did not comply. Earlier this month Mr Justice Farrugia Sacco was mentioned in a report by the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee investigating allegations of irregularities in ticket sales connected with the London Olympics made in June by two journalists of the Sunday Times (of London).

 

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