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Pullicino to appeal judgement

Former Police Commissioner Lawrence Pullicino has said he will be appealing a judgement given yesterday holding him responsible for failing to stop the torture of prison guard Anthony Mifsud.

Together with superintendents Carmelo Bonello and Joseph Psaila, Dr Pullicino was ordered by Mr Justice Raymond Pace to pay €186,349 in compensation to Mr Mifsud.

The judgement pointed out that Dr Pullicino had been abroad when Mr Mifsud was under interrogation but he was still indirectly responsible for failing to stop the man’s torture when he returned.

In a statement to the press, Dr Pullicino pointed out that the court did not refer to the testimony given by Mr Mifsud during his cross examination where he (Mr Mifsud) said that while he was arrested at the depot Dr Pullicino had never seen or spoken to him.

Moreover, as police commissioner he had to rely on what was reported to him and could not get involved in matters personally, Dr Pullicino said.

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