Retired judge tops 3 pensions with an extra €13,000 as chairman

A 76-year-old former Judge and Labour MP is pocketing an extra €13,000 a year on top of three generous pensions he already receives, as chairman of the Embryo Protection Authority.

Former Judge Philip Sciberras, who retired from the Bench in 2010, is being paid €12,783 annually to act as chairman, according to the government Authority’s latest financial estimates.

The remuneration tops three other pensions Sciberras also receives from the State.

Apart from the national insurance pension available to all those who have paid monthly social security contributions during their working life, the former Judge is also being paid two other pensions, exclusively reserved for a small number of people, mainly former members of parliament or retired members of the judiciary.

As a former Judge, Sciberras is receiving an uncapped extra pension of some €23,000 a year, while as a former Labour member of parliament, he is also receiving an additional pension reserved for retired MPs, in his case reaching €7,000 a year.

The highest national insurance pension in Malta is capped at a maximum of €13,159. The overwhelming majority of Maltese pensioners receive less than €900 a month.

Sciberras represented the Labour Party in parliament between 1979 and 1987, including the turbulent legislature in which Labour governed for the full term even though the majority had voted for the PN in the 1981 general elections.

The former Judge is also regularly handpicked by the government to conduct inquiries when needed, further boosting his income from the State.

One inquiry led by Sciberras was on the alleged ‘poor’ quality of concrete used at Mater Dei Hospital, a story aggressively pushed by Labour in Opposition. Sciberras was appointed to lead the inquiry soon after the party was elected in 2013.

Sciberras did not reply to questions sent.

                           
                               
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Out of Curiosity
Out of Curiosity
19 days ago

Greed for substantial earnings has become the norm in this country, even when one is so old. It has become a very bad habit and seeing this from a person who is 76 years, makes me go mad. Kif nghidu, ghandu saqajn u nofs fil hofra u jrid jibqa jerda. Tal biki!

Jools Seizure
Jools Seizure
19 days ago

Imma n-nies hekk trid!

Jack
Jack
19 days ago
Reply to  Jools Seizure

Le in nies trid is serjeta anki fil pensjoniiet u mhux min hu mejjet fis sakra u min hu meet ghal qatra .

joseph
joseph
19 days ago
Reply to  Jack

Kieku n-nies riedet s-serjeta’ ma kienitx terga’ tivvota labour b’maggoranza akbar.

makjavel
makjavel
18 days ago
Reply to  joseph

Meta il-poplu izommu fl-aks , €100 tixtrieh. B’impjieg mal gvern taqlalu ghajnu u jghidlek grazzi ghax jifranka lenti min nuccali. Biex inxtraw kummissarji imhalfin , ghax ipreferew li jinxtraw milli jolluhom bil karozza bkollox. Hafna jinsew li kin hemm pulizija fil bidu tal PL fil gvern li ghamlulu bomba quddiem id-dar u ma mietx hu u il familja tieghu u tarbija ghax Alla habbhom. U dan ghax kien jaghmel xogholu sew.

Lawrence Mifsud
Lawrence Mifsud
19 days ago
Reply to  Jools Seizure

Mhux għall-familja, jew?

Bamboccu
Bamboccu
19 days ago

Ihoss l gholi tal hajja dan!
Bil pensjoni qieghed ahjar minn xi whud li lanqas COLA ma jinghataw – Bil komplicita’ tal- Gvern u l -GWU.🤮

Last edited 19 days ago by Bamboccu
Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
19 days ago

The Mafia has to keep those who read out its conclusions of any judgement/report, happy. Otherwise, the cover up of their criminal objectives will not be achieved.

Francis Said
Francis Said
19 days ago

Make hay whilst the sun shines. And boy does it shine 365 days a year. (366 if a leap year!!)
Obviously for the chosen few.

Last edited 19 days ago by Francis Said
Charles Camilleri
Charles Camilleri
19 days ago

That’s what GAHAN wants. Kuntent Gahan kuntent kullhadd.

Simon Cauchi
Simon Cauchi
19 days ago

One correction if I may. The current pension is capped at around €16k, and not €13k.

joseph grech
joseph grech
6 hours ago
Reply to  Simon Cauchi

Yes €13,137.80 annually is the maximum social service pension. Bonuses are an extra source of income for all pensions. These are not part of one,s pension.

Charles Camilleri
Charles Camilleri
19 days ago

Thanks to Gonzi for appointing him Judge.

Stefsn Micallef
Stefsn Micallef
19 days ago

Another member of the cabal that gluttons itself on the national coffers. If a retired judge has no scruples how can anyone have any confidence in the judiciary

carlo
carlo
19 days ago

philip will never reply – he had more than an iced bun
And then talk of socialisim.

joe tedesco
joe tedesco
18 days ago

MALTA’S PEOPLE REPRESENTATIVES MAKE THE RICH
RICHER AND THE POOR POORER AND THE NAIVE
AND FICKLE ELECTORATE GO OUT TO VOTE FOR
THEM. FAT CHANCE.

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