Updated - Commission's report in pdf below.
The Commission for the Administration of Justice in a report to the Speaker of the House has found that allegations of misbehaviour by Mr Justice Lino Farrugia Sacco, made in an impeachment motion presented in December of 2012, had been prima facie proven.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat immediately informed the House that the impeachment proceedings would continue 'without delay'
The motion had been presented by then Prime Minster Lawrence Gonzi after the judge and another Malta Olympic Committee official were rapped by the International Olympic Committee in the wake of an investigation by The Sunday Times of London into irregularities in the sale of Games tickets.
The Justice Commission said that although it did not result that Justice Farrugia Sacco was involved in illegal ticket sales, the judge had violated the Code of Ethics by having stayed on as head of the Malta Olympic Committee and brought himself in this position despite having been told by the commission itself to resign as MOC president in 2007.
His decision to stay on had undermined the dignity, confidence and respect which the judiciary should enjoy from the public.
The allegations of misbehaviour in the impeachment motion were therefore prima facie proven, the commission said.
The report was signed by Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri, vice president of the commission.
PM: IMPEACHMENT PROCESS TO CONTINUE WITHOUT DELAY
The Prime Minister said the government was giving maximum attention to this case. He recalled that he had promised, while in Opposition, to follow the recommendations of the Commission. He would keep his word and he would now ensure that the impeachment process continued without delay.
Opposition leader Simon Busuttil noted that the commission had found prima facie that the alleged misbehaviour by the judge was proven. The Opposition therefore welcomed Dr Muscat's declaration that he would proceed with the impeachment motion.
Following today's decision, the House Business Committee is now expected to meet to discuss the procedure for the impeachment motion to be discussed in the House.
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