Tomorrow the First Hall of the Civil Court, in its Constitutional jurisdiction, will start hearing the case filed by the Grech family against Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, over the brutal murder of their daughter Karin on 28 December 1977.
In a case filed on 4 January of this year, Professor Edwin Grech, his wife Pearl and their son Kevin have requested that the Maltese Government issue compensation for the loss of their daughter, killed by a letter bomb addressed to her father at the age of 15.
Thirty years later the crime remains unsolved, although the Grech family claims that all circumstances leading to the murder clearly illustrate that it was politically motivated.
Karin Grech’s death was caused by a bomb evidently intended for her father Edwin, who at the time was perceived as a strike breaker in the industrial action ordered by the doctor’s union in protest against reforms pushed by then Prime Minister Dom Mintoff.
Her family argues that in many analogous cases, the respective families have received compensation from the Government. However this measure was not applied in the case of the Grechs.
Emmanuel Mallia and Dr Alex Perici Calscione are representing the Grechs.