Developer Sandro Chetcuti, who was given a suspended jail term by the courts this week, will retain his role as a member on the Government’s Building Regulation Board, the Infrastructure Ministry said yesterday.

“Sandro Chetcuti’s case does not impact his work at the Building Regulation Board. Meanwhile, he will remain member of the board. The case could also be subject of an appeal,” a ministry spokeswoman said.

Asked if he would be retained even if he opted not to appeal, she added: “Sandro Chetcuti will retain his post.”

On Wednesday, Mr Chetcuti was given a one-month jail term suspended for a year for punching and slightly injuring former GRTU director general Vince Farrugia in March, 2010.

Speaking to Times of Malta, Mr Chetcuti yesterday said he did not see why the court decision should stop him from serving on the board.

“People who are found guilty and go to prison are helped to reintegrate in society.

“Why should I be precluded from society for such a small incident?” he said.

In Wednesday’s judgment, the magistrate ordered the police to investigate Mr Farrugia for perjury following SMS messages he had sent.

Asked if he planned to appeal, Mr Chetcuti said he was consulting with his lawyers.

He said he reserved the right to take legal action against “all those who caused any damage”.

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