Of criminal charges against the President of the Republic? (1)

Of criminal charges against the President of the Republic? (1)

Most of the constitutional reforms I proposed in Parliament – www.riformagustizzja.com – have now been implemented, and most of any others that will be implemented will have the indelible imprint of the vision of my Parliamentary proposals deep inside their soul. I have nothing to add. Been there done that. I have no intention of repeating ad nauseam what I spoke about ten years ago. That ship has sailed. Good luck to all and God bless. I have moved to greener pastures in completely different areas of study which are much more challenging and much less parochial.

But if the constitutional topic is being brought it won’t be religion or neutrality to make the headlines but other issues that will dominate 2019. For example – Can criminal proceedings be instituted against the President of the Republic for PERJURY, for example. Perjury is the offence of lying under oath. For this is a constitutional issue besides a criminal one.

Most opine the answer is yes. Criminal proceedings can be instituted against the President (any President) for lying under oath. Article 5 of the Criminal Code only exempts the President of the Republic from criminal liability in the exercise of the functions of his office.

And since we’re at it, particularly in view of the Paqpaqli episode, shouldn’t the exemption be reviewed. Imagine a situation where it is clear to all that a President of the Republic is criminally liable for any act or omission but no action can be taken because art 5 of the Criminal Code practically places the President of the Republic above the law.

Constitutional reform anyone? In general a President who lies under oath should be prosecuted just like all other common mortals and secondly since no one should be above the law, the even the limited criminal liability exemption for the President under art5 of the Criminal should be removed.

This will be 2019

And no reference to this has been made by the Venice Commission . . .

1 Comment
  • Kevin Cassar
    Posted at 18:56h, 09 January

    The aforementioned in tandem with much more other issues constitutes the status quo vis a vis the maltese politico-legal scenario. What precipitates such state of affairs is actually the fact that we live in a country which knowingly downplays what merits importance and simultaneously whitewashes this modus operandi by allowing 16 year olds to cast their vote as from the coming election.