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PRESS RELEASE BY THE GOVERNMENT OF MALTA

Reference Number: PR200058, Press Release Issue Date: Jan 17, 2020
 
​During a press conference, the Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that earlier this morning, the Minister for Interior, National Security and Law Enforcement, Byron Camilleri, received the resignation of Mr. Lawrence Cutajar from his role as Police Commissioner. This resignation was accepted.
 
In his letter of resignation, Mr. Cutajar stated that the appointment of a new Prime Minister calls for a change so as to be able to implement the necessary reforms in the Police Force. 
 
In light of Mr. Cutajar’s immediate resignation, the most senior officer of the Police Force, the Deputy Commissioner Mr. Carmelo Magri, has been appointed as interim Police Commissioner.
 
The Prime Minister stated that during the next Cabinet meeting, a proposal for a new mechanism for selecting the Police Commissioner will be submitted. This process will lead to greater scrutiny in the selection of this important position in the Police Force. Prime Minister Robert Abela reiterated that this government is committed to upholding the rule of law and is therefore looking forward to carrying out the necessary reforms in the Police Force.