Claudio Grech, right hand man of Minister Austin Gatt, and prospective PN candidate has an ID card showing him to reside in a garage in Valletta at 80, St Paul’s Street. Another five persons are also registered in the same garage to enable them to vote on the first district. The garage is clearly not the residence of these six people registered as voters in it.
Claudio Grech does not reside in Valletta, but in the limits of Zejtun and Marsascala.
Claudio Grech was also found guilty by the court of falsifying an ID card. In a letter to the press he wrote that this was “a case that occurred in 1994, when I was a student and which demonstrates little else than my youthful zeal to join the Police Corps.”
But Grech conveniently does not say the case was considered very serious, so much so that when former deputy prime minister Guido de Marco had wanted him to work in his secretariat, Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami had refused on the grounds that he was not fit for purpose after he had falsified an ID card.
Since being found guilty of falsifying an ID card Claudio Grech has occupied several sensitive positions within the Maltese government. He has had access to a wide ranging information base about the Maltese electorate. In fact he was responsible for Malta Electronic Certification Services Ltd, the organisation which provides digital certification services to all citizens in Malta.
Although one should not assume that he still has access to this information, or that this information will be used in his role as campaign advisor to the PN, he still has access to MITA. Grech had resigned as Chairman of MITA but was asked to stay on by Austin Gatt as an advisor. Hundreds of thousands of ID cards have expired and Gatt and Grech have not taken the necessary steps to stop this from happening.