Disgraced former attorney general Peter Grech hired as justice minister’s consultant
Peter Grech, the former attorney general embroiled in a series of scandals involving Muscat’s Labor administration, was reinstated on the government payroll shortly after his resignation and is now a consultant to the justice minister.
According to information published in the Official newspaper, less than three months after his resignation as AG, in September 2020, Grech was hired to fill a lucrative government consulting position. he is paid €62,000 a year for labor, funded by taxpayers.
It is not yet known whether Grech also receives a government pension.
Peter Grech, who was appointed Attorney General in 2010, has been harshly criticized for his actions in every major scandal that has rocked the Labor government, and has been accused by the opposition and NGOs of ensuring that investigations into the long list of alleged wrongdoings involving the highest levels of government have made no progress.
One of the most egregious examples of its inaction in the face of egregious criminality relates to the Panama Papers revelations in 2016, which directly exposed secret bank accounts implicating the then Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, and the minister in office, Konrad Mizzi.
During this incident, Peter Grech told the police to slow down any kind of investigation to expose the truth and also advised them not to seize the servers of Nexia BT, the accounting firm that actually created the secret bank accounts for Labor politicians.
In direct violation of his duty and responsibility as Attorney General, Grech had told the police commissioner that such action (seizure) would be “intrusive” and “drastic”.
Following the famous Egrant inquiry, which investigated the links between disgraced former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his wife Michelle and the Panama Papers, including Pilatus Bank, Grech was found guilty in court of violating the human rights of then opposition leader Adrian Delia. , by not giving him access to the survey. At the same time, Grech had sent a copy of the investigation to the government shortly after receiving a call from then-Judge Owen Bonnici.
Grech had also warned of leaked FIAU investigations that exposed the money laundering activities of senior government officials and Allied Newspapers senior management while he chaired FIAU.
In his final years as AG, amid emerging regular scandals and potential crimes, Grech resisted numerous calls for his immediate resignation, including public protests outside his office.