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4th May 2021, 19:32

'Why the delay?' Asks GSD on lack of inquiry into former Police Commissioner resignation

The lack of an inquiry into the resignation of former Police Commissioner Ian McGrail has raised questions from the GSD.

In a statement the Opposition Party reminds the public that last July the Chief Minister said in Parliament, an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Mr McGrail's early departure would be set up within weeks.

With no inquiry almost 10 months after the Chief Minister's comments, the, Leader of the Opposition, Keith Azopardi is asking; 'why the delay? and who benefits from it?'

The GSD says there was widespread speculation at the time of Mr McGrail's retirement, with rumours of tensions between him and Mr Picardo.

The Chief Minister subsequently confirmed in Parliament that he and the Governor had asked for the former Commissioner's early retirement but refused to be drawn on the reasons why.

The statement followed calls from Mr McGrail's lawyers for an inquiry. At the time, they said without independent assessment of the situation, there is a real risk to the reputation of Gibraltar.

Mr Azpoardi says there are 'massive questions' over what happened, adding they are of public interest and that he will not stop pressing for them to be answered.