Constable on racist violence charges is daughter of cop who celebrated Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as the adage goes, and this seems to hold particularly true when it comes to police constable 22-year-old Rica Mifsud Grech from Floriana, who is being charged, along with two other officers, with abducting and grievously injuring foreign nationals.

Rica Mifsud Grech is the daughter of Ramon Mifsud Grech, a police officer who has been charged several times with violence against foreign nationals but always managed to hold on to his position, having been acquitted after mistakes on charge sheets.

Ramon Mifsud Grech, a police sergeant, had been reprimanded by the Corps in 2017 after ‘celebrating’ Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination in a Facebook post on the day of her murder. He was later reprimanded and put on half-pay but was not dismissed from the force.

The Malta Police Association, the Police Officers’ Union and the Office of the Prime Minister, amongst others far and wide, condemned the comments.

Back in 2014, Caruana Galizia reported how Ramon Mifsud Grech had been photographed at a strip club in police uniform on Boxing Day morning by a client, a French student. She reported how a disturbance ensued during which the client was assaulted by the police, thrown into the back of a police van, had his mobile phone taken from him and returned without the memory card that contained the incriminating photograph.

She had also reported how he had been reprimanded twice for being drunk while on duty. His lifestyle, she claimed, was above his means as a police sergeant, reportage that apparently irritated him to such an extent that he had taken to Facebook to, most heinously, celebrate her assassination the day it happened.

That was back in 2014, and this is now. His daughter, Rica, was charged on Sunday together with 24-year-old Jurgen Falzon from Sta Venera for crimes against human dignity. A third constable will be charged in due course once discharged from Mater Dei Hospital, where he was admitted for chest pains.

Police Constable Jurgen Falzon in a fan photo with disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat

The three constables were turned in by fellow police officers who filed an internal complaint after they were shocked by their colleagues’ lack of professional standards.

All three constables were stationed at the Hamrun police station and worked the same shift. They stand accused of abducting foreigners and taking them to Qormi where they were assaulted and left there. The complaints referred to incidents that happened in September.

It is believed there were many more similar incidents and that the foreigners abducted to Qormi were subjected to other forms of demeaning humiliation.

Magistrate Joe Mifsud denied bail requests, and both officers were remanded in custody.

Jurgen Falzon’s father with former minister Chris Cardona

A third police constable was arraigned on Monday and was denied bail. Luca Brincat, a 20-year-old constable from Qormi who is currently on suspension from the force, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Shift is informed that Brincat had failed his initial police exam, but had been “mysteriously” accepted into the force by someone through the intervention of “someone close” Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri.

On Sunday, Commissioner of Police Angelo Gafa explained how he had been informed of the allegations on Friday, and the constables were placed immediately under arrest.

He insisted that the police take such matters seriously and immediate action was taken as soon as the report had been lodged.

                           
                           
                               
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Carmelo Borg
1 month ago

Kif jaghdu bil malti , Skont iz ZOKK IL FERGHA

carlos
1 month ago

Veru ghandna police FARCE. Il-fiducja li kelli fl-istituzzjonijiet ilha li target mar-rih. ISTHU .

Paul Bonello
Paul Bonello
1 month ago
Reply to  carlos

Kemm hu lucky dan is surgent Ramon Mifsud; kaz iehor dan fejn kien hemm żbalji fic-charge sheet u nheles https://theshiftnews.com/2022/10/10/constable-on-racist-violence-charges-is-daughter-of-cop-who-celebrated-daphne-caruana-galizias-death/#comment-15187

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul Bonello
makjavel
makjavel
1 month ago

“What goes round comes around”. Ha naraw x’se tivinta l AG biex jilliberawhom wara il famuza dikjarazjoni ta xi politikant “Leaving No Stone Unturned” u ” Hallu l-awtoritajiet jahdmu” u jeliminaw il provi.

Joseph
Joseph
1 month ago

She’ll be getting off ‘scot-free’ on some technicality, then be promoted!

Paul Bonello
Paul Bonello
1 month ago

Ara wkoll il politici jridu t titlu ta’ onorevoli wara li reputatament ikunu fil kumpanija tal-marmalja.

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul Bonello
makjavel
makjavel
1 month ago

The qualifications for the police force seem to be PL Membership and nothing else. Then if you have selfies with the ministers , promotions and untouchability . The police ended up with night patrols looking for people to beat up. What has happened to the Traffic Police Team who were involved in a corruption racket with the developers? What happened to the two who shot dead an peaceful immigrant walking back home? Impunity to criminals . But no mercy to a hungry person who steals a tin of corned beef.
The AG protects criminals who tried and kill policemen on their job. No wonder the police force has been demoralized and is being filled by persons of doubtful character but who carry the PL Party card. Same in Trasport Malta , more of the same.

Francis Said
Francis Said
1 month ago

These incidents clearly show the rotten state of Malta’s democracy and the rule of law.
Being part of the police force was an honourable profession and people respected the police force.
How could this father and daughter be allowed to join the police corps is NOT acceptable.

viv
viv
1 month ago

Anything less of making an example of these 3 is not going to improve things.

Joseph
Joseph
1 month ago

What a role model her father is, he must be so proud of her!

Mariatheresa Micallef
Mariatheresa Micallef
1 month ago

Will the AG’s office be bungling the charge sheet again?

Chan
Chan
1 month ago

Gaffa takes this seriously. Not true as he seems to dismiss police brutality when told to investigate.

Robert Caruana
Robert Caruana
1 month ago

Well, they should charge the officer making the ‘mistakes’ in the charge sheet. That would put a stop to all these convenient ‘mistakes’

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