A year after the death of one of Malta’s top prosecutors Karl Muscat, and not a sound by his boss

Karl Muscat

Karl Muscat, a prosecutor with the Attorney-General’s office was found dead last year in his home, allegedly according to the autopsy due to the intoxication of drugs. What I know is that both Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa and his boss, Victoria Buttiġieġ did absolutely nothing to investigate his death. I remember very well how the police communications officer had announced as soon as the police were on the scene that foul play was being discounted.

I’m baffled at how the Police Commissioner didn’t take any action to investigate the death of one of Malta’s top prosecutors. Here is the thing. Karl Muscat was known to be one of the best prosecutors at the office of the Attorney-General and he also had under his belt several high-profile cases including the pending cases of Christian Borg, also a known cocaine dealer. At the time of his death, Karl Muscat was using cocaine and going through a depression after he was suspended from his job on a vexatious criminal case opened against him. Karl Muscat was a very important target of local criminal organisations, but the system seems to have eventually abandoned him without offering him any support.

Sometimes, my mind begins to work in strange manners as it goes through all its thoughts and memories stacked deep in its cells. And there are many questions I have to the Police Commissioner about Karl Muscat’s case.

I remember a time, when the police were much less equipped and much more stupid, when an overdose of someone used to be followed by heavy raids on drug dealers suspected of selling the drug to the victim. I remember the heavy-handed tactics of the drug squad in collaboration with the armed forces who used to set up roadblocks all over the islands just to catch suspected low-time drug drifters and sellers. And I remember them being very successful in catching their suspects.

It is strange and bizarre that this kind of zeal was not used to find those who sold drugs to Karl Muscat, after all, Karl Muscat was one of “theirs” – a colleague and comrade of the police in their fight against crime. Why is it that no one in the police force seems to actually care about apprehending criminals, especially when their victim is one of their own?

Strange that we are left with the death of a prosecutor in this way.  No indignation. No anger. No regrets. Every time is normal in the Mafia State.

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