In a statement issued this morning the Malta Police Union called for Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg to resign after the botched plea deal with Darren Debono, known as it-Topo, who had two charges for attempting to kill police officers withdrawn in exchange of evidence he did not give.

Darren Debono is currently appealing a 10-year prison sentence which he was ordered to serve after he refused to identify his accomplices in the 2010 HSBC armed robbery in the trial of Vincent Muscat, known as il-Koħħu. While confirming Vincent Muscat’s involvement, Darren Debono said he would not say who their other accomplices were out of fear for the safety of his family.

Darren Debono was a witness in what was supposed to be his attempted murder trial, but he was let off the hook with a last-minute plea deal authorised by Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg.

Last February Repubblika called for her resignation accused Victoria Buttigieg of not acting in the interests of justice but in the interest of the people whom Vincent Muscat had alleged were involved in the heist and said he was willing to testify against them. The two persons were former Labour Party Deputy Leader and Economy Minister Chris Cardona who by then had left politics, and then Minister Carmelo Abela. Carmelo Abela has been dropped out of any front bench roles after the last general election.

The Malta Police Union today remarked the Attorney General has given no explanation for her decision. They called for her to resign because “she failed to protect the protectors and those who try to keep our country safe”.