Justice and Home Affairs should be split - MP Franco Debono

Friday, 02 Dec 2011, 16:11


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The Nationalist MP Franco Debono complained in Parliament on Friday morning that matters in the Ministry of Justice are changing at a slow pace and appealed for a new reform in the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs.

During this morning’s debate in parliament Minister Carm Mifsud Bonnici responded cautiously to MP Franco Debono's comments.

Franco Debono, who left before the parliamentary discussion ended, expressed his regret for the way Minister Carm Mifsud Bonnici is undermining the issue over legal assistance to people under interrogation.

In his intervention Minister Carm Mifsud Bonnici, defensively said many are giving the wrong impression countered that things in the ministry are not functioning.

The Labour spokesperson MP Michael Falzon mentioned the internal situation in prison, where he said problems are becoming the rule of the day with lack of guards and drugs in the prison premises.

MP Michael Falzon also criticised the government on the ID cards issue and said that the situation remained unaddressed for yet another year. He said the government allotted only €10,000 in this area.

The Labour spokesperson for Justice MP José Herrera mentioned among other things, the workload in court cases.

MP José Herrera described this situation as critical. "Some cases are taking more than 18 months and one case in particular has been pending since 2004", he said.

He added that the fact that in our country, Justice and Home Affairs, fall under the same minister, is conflicting. He said that the Labour Party has been opposing to this situation and said that it needs to be addressed. 


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