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NEWS | Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Karin Grech family demand 582,343 compensation

Julia Farrugia

Professor Edwin Grech, his wife Pearl and their son Kevin are asking the government of Malta for a compensation of €582,343 (Lm250,000) for damages incurred over the brutal murder of their daughter Karin, killed by a letter bomb addressed to her father.
The murder, which took place on the 28 December 1977 in the middle of strikes by doctors, remains unsolved.
The compensation case started in January 2008 in the First Hall of the Civil Court in its constitutional jurisdiction. The family argues that while other families have received compensation from the government, this measure was not applied with the Grechs. The half-million euro claim was discussed in meetings held between the Grechs’ legal representatives and government representatives.
So far, deputy Attorney General Peter Grech has stated in court that the government wants to reach an agreement on compensation, but failed to state whether it had agreed with the sum in question.
In yesterday’s sitting Edwin, Pearl and Kevin Grech presented three affidavits highlighting their arguments why they strongly believe their family was discriminated when it was not granted compensation. Edwin Grech has also presented a list of potential witnesses for the case, which includes senior police officers and other top civil servants.
Dr Alex Perici Calscione and Dr Manuel Mallia are representing the Grechs.


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