• January 18 2004
Disgraced police commissioner’s right hand man is secret service
looking Department of Information press release may have gone unnoticed
in the media, but the appointment of Godfrey Scicluna as head of the
Security service this week has raised many an eyebrow in the police
The veteran police officer was the former police commissioner George
Grech’s right hand man and many in the police corps are viewing
the appointment with apprehension. "He is George Grech’s
shadow," MaltaToday was told by various police officers.
Godfrey Scicluna’s name featured prominently in the sex scandal
that saw the demise of George Grech from the police corps in 2001. Scicluna
was Grech’s loyal deputy and at the time was reportedly involved
in shadowing, Isabelle Azzopardi, the Polish-born Maltese woman making
rape allegations against George Grech.
Scicluna was also identified as the person who had delivered gifts to
the woman, sent to her by the police commissioner.
In her inquiry magistrate Miriam Hayman had established there was enough
prima face evidence to commence proceedings against the former police
commissioner on a number of counts including attempted rape, misuse
of public funds, misuse of the telephone system, threat and blackmail.
At the time George Grech occupied the dual role of police commissioner
and head of the Security Service, putting him in a position of clear
conflict of interest.