(This confirms the amateurish and biased way that the police handled the investigation. It was the duty of the police to contact HSBC as part of their enquiries. Instead Michael Cassar asked John Dalli to provide the evidence. John Dalli could have submitted anything he wished. To confirm beyond reasonable doubt a representative from HSBC should have been summoned to give witness).
In fact we kept receiving these letters because there was a press release by the Minister where he requested that these letters be passed on to me and in fact I started to get many and many letters.
(This is another confirmation that the letters were still being sent while the defendant was in custody. Joseph Ellul Grech was the only person arrested and investigated).
I passed these to the experts nominated by the current magistrate to have them analyzed. Magistrate Antonio Mizzi also questioned Minister John Dalli. Subsequently we arraigned Ellul Grech in court. I have another small thing to add and I am going to make a reference to the second statement, as I have not mentioned it. I would like to say that on the 16th November 1999 in the evening at about 5.30 in the evening a second statement was taken from the accused this is marked doc RC2 this I can see and recognize and was taken by inspector Raymond Cremona in the presence of PC274 Salvu Cauci. I also informed by inspector Raymond Cremona that on the following day meaning on the 16th November at around 9.00pm the accused had asked for a doctor and the inspector gave an order to take the accused to hospital.
(This is incorrect the prisoner was taken to hospital by three plain clothes police officers from Imsida police station where he was kept in custody because the Valletta lock up was full. One of the officers was a policewoman, Rita Bartolo (WPC46) who happened to be the wife of the prisoners’ doctor. She phoned who ever was responsible and she was asked to contact her husband and confirm that Joseph Ellul Grech did suffer with kidney stones. It was approximately 1.00am when he was admitted to hospital. The duty doctor wanted to keep the defendant under observation. WPC46 Rita Bartolo contacted who ever was responsible who demanded that the defendant be taken back to Imsida police station. The defendant did not sign the statements because they were not his statement. The questioning periods were never recorded by any audio means to confirm their authenticity. Inspector Raymond Cremona had the intention of framing the defendant and concocted the statements).
The accused was taken to hospital and later discharged and was taken back to the lock up. In fact he told that he had moved him from the place where the accused was being kept in custody because he was taken to the Valletta lock up so he was taken to Imsida police station.
(At the time Imsida police station was like a sewer. The station was filthy top to bottom with the occasional rat going by for a walk. The white toilet basins were black with dried excrement. The bed in the cell was must have been picked up from a dump. It is amazing how members of the police force put up with such low standards of hygiene. Conditions that are worse than third world standard).
I also like to add that while Ellul Grech was under arrest he said that some time in the past he had a negative experience while being kept in the city lock up. In fact I told inspector Cremona that he did well so that there will not be any excuses about being psychologically effected by anything. I also wish to add that I was present when the first statement was taken and we offer him a cup of tea however he asked me for water so we gave him some. Inspector Cremona replied that it was tap water and he said that he did not drink tap water because it was bad. He did not say that it was not good for his health simply that it was not good. In fact he later had half a liter bottle and he drank from it. This was bottled water not tap water. If I am not mistaken and I am sure that I am correct he had a cup of coffee or tea. This was because he asked for it not because it was offered to him or because this is what there is because this is what we got. If you want, take it but if you won’t take it that is your affair. However, if he took it, it was because he asked for it. He asked and he was given. Regarding health or not I can say inspector Cremona asked repeatedly if he was well or how he was feeling and he always replied that he was well. So much so I did not notice any disorientation. I mean that I did not know anything about them because I did not see him in that condition.
(This confirms that the police failed in their duty of care towards the defendant while he was in their custody. During the 48 hours in custody the defendant was offered food and drink once. In Malta when in custody the police do not provide food and water. But if the prisoner has any money they may consider meeting the prisoners’ request if he pays for it. The defendant may have looked well but he was under the influence of very strong painkillers).
Court: Cross-examination (Defence)
Defence: Mr. Cremona told us that it was after the interrogation that he was disorientated and dizzy, do you remember if Mr. Cremona had told you anything in this sense?
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