Malta’s Former Attorney General Pocketed €62,000 From Justice Ministry Consultancy After Resignation
Malta’s former Attorney General Peter Grech pocketed €62,000 as a taxpayer-funded consultant for the Justice Ministry, government records show.
Information published by the government gazette shows that Grech was handed the contract in January 2021 soon after he resigned as Attorney General in September 2020 following years of criticism over alleged inaction on major crimes and allegations of corruption.
While it does not give specific details for the work involved, Grech’s role is listed as “Legal Consulting Services to the Ministry for Justice, Equality and Governance”.
Grech is not the only notable individual listed as a consultant with the Justice Ministry. Other names include Luke Dalli, the son of European Commissioner Helena Dalli who has regularly been awarded government contracts since his mother was appointed to Cabinet (€24,000), and even the Minister himself Jonathan Attard (€10,000) who at the time was not even an MP.
It is unclear whether Grech’s consultancy was extended to 2022.
Grech had a controversial tenure as Malta’s Attorney General after taking over the role in 2010, facing stinging criticism over alleged inaction on financial crime, particularly involving the country’s top officials.
He faced multiple calls to resign with former Opposition leaders Adrian Delia and Simon Busuttil both calling for his resignation.
However, he has defended his tenure, insisting that he never failed to take action on any crime where police investigations showed a reasonable chance of a conviction.
After his resignation, the role of AG also split in two, with the AG now taking over high-level prosecutions of major crimes such as murder and money laundering from the police, and a new State Advocate in charge of giving the government legal advice.
Victoria Buttigieg and Chris Soler are the current AG and State Advocate respectively.
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