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Brig John Spiteri passes away

Brigadier John Spiteri, former commander of the Armed Forces of Malta, has passed away.

Brigadier Spiteri served in the British Army from 1949 and joined the AFM
in 1971. In 1979 he was appointed Commander AFM, heading the service in a difficult time when important sections were hived off to form the Task Force.

In 1987 following the change of government and the attack on the law courts building, he was given the additional duties of Commandant of the Police Force until 1988.

Following the re-amalgamation of the AFM he was promoted to Brigadier.

In 1989 he was involved in an incident when he was assaulted during a parade at the foot of the Freedom Monument in Vittoriosa when he was injured and ended up in the sea.

He retired from the army in 1991 and later served in various bodies including the Public Service Commission.

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