Reprimanded Judge gets sports integrity job

Of all the current recently-retired judges and magistrates, the government has chosen the only one to have been found in breach of the judiciary’s code of ethics to chair the Authority for the Integrity of Maltese Sport.

Criticising Education Minister Clifton Grima’s appointment of retired Judge Antonio Mizzi, sports organisation officials have expressed their disappointment over the choice, dubbing it as “partisan and not in the interest of sports”.

Mizzi, the husband of former Labour MEP Marlene Mizzi, is a controversial choice for the post because of the baggage he carries.

Apart from having run the Malta Basketball Association (MBA) for years, which is said to give him a natural bias toward this sport over others, sporting officials speaking with The Shift point to the admonishment he received from the Commission for the Administration of Justice over his insistence on remaining at the basketball organisation while also serving as a magistrate.

The code of ethics precludes members of the judiciary from occupying other positions, including positions in sports organisations. Even though the judiciary’s watchdog repeatedly asked Mizzi to step down, he insisted on retaining the MBA position.

While Mizzi’s intransigence had for some time held him back from being made a Judge, even boycotted from State functions, he was promoted to the superior courts when the Labour Party was elected in 2013.

“We really cannot understand the message the government is trying to give by appointing a retired Judge with such a track record to head an integrity organisation,” one senior official from a major sports organisation told The Shift.

Through this latest appointment, the retired Judge, already on a privileged pension as a former member of the judiciary, will see his income boosted by another €20,000 a year.

On top of that, upon Mizzi’s retirement in 2019, the government appointed him Law Commissioner, replacing former Nationalist Party rebel MP Franco Debono.

The job, which also comes with an annual remuneration of some €30,000, a fully-paid car and driver, as well as several other perks, is apparently related to the updating of laws. However, no one knows precisely what the Commission produces as the office works in complete secrecy and does not even publish an annual report.

Mizzi’s wife, the former Labour MEP, has also been put on the gravy train after retiring from politics in 2019.

Apart from being appointed a non-resident ambassador for Norway and Sweden, Marlene Mizzi is currently a member of various government boards, including Malita Investments and Malta Air Travel Ltd.

Even the couple’s daughter, Alexandra, who runs her mother’s private business, has a government appointment as secretary of Film Finance Malta Ltd, which is responsible for the disbursement of funds to the film industry. The controversial Film Commissioner Johann Grech also sits on the board.

                           
                           
                               
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Paul Sciberras
Paul Sciberras
10 days ago

plus board member at the Malta Communications Authority….which btw includes the disgraced CEO of the Teatru Manoel

https://www.mca.org.mt/articles/mca-2021-annual-report-financial-statements#:~:text=Annual%20Report%20Digital%20Small%20File.pdf

Carmelo Borg
10 days ago

Dawn jibilaw id dinja qishom MEJTIN BIL GUH. IRREJBA X TAGHMILEK

makjavel
makjavel
10 days ago

Government that employs crooks for financial jobs, bouncers for security jobs , corrupt judges for Integrity Jobs , Tax evaders for Prime Ministers , and boys and girls apprenticed in the modern version of Brigata , One Media , as ministers’ persons of thrust and secretaries and door openers. We have a minister who plays Houdini in Lifts and a PM who plays the silent monkey for months, only to tell half truths that hide sensitive lies. We have a Police Commissioner and an AG who waste time to get crooks of the hook instead of being jailed after due process.

Last edited 10 days ago by makjavel
C. Fenech
10 days ago
Reply to  makjavel

Veru funny

Norfolk
Norfolk
10 days ago

All in the family.Meritocracy and favours!

Anthony formosa
Anthony formosa
10 days ago
Reply to  Norfolk

Jien laburist anzjan u ma niddejjaqx nhhid li nisthi nghid li kont laburis. Hawn bhali kienu midhla sew tal- partit u jiddejjqu jghidu dan. Erbgha min nies bil- guh u korrotti jahtfu kollox u ohrajn jitmejjlu bihom.

Mariatheresa Micallef
Mariatheresa Micallef
9 days ago

Too many gravy trains will eventually spoil the stew.

Reality
Reality
9 days ago

Pigs at the trough. Incredible, NO, in mafiamalta you expect the unexpected. SHAMELESS.

Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
8 days ago

A family of rent seekers making an undeserved mammoth buck on the backs of the taxpayers, while contributing to a record National Deficit of 1 billion and a record National Debt of close to 10 billion.

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