Court: Constitutional Court rules that phone tapping did not breach George Degiorgio’s fundamental rights.

On the 26th of February 2024, the Constitutional Court ruled that George Degiorgio’s fundamental rights were not violated when his phone was tapped during police monitoring related to suspected involvement in bombings before the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The Court reversed a previous decision and revoked a €10,000 damages award, citing the validity of the warrant presented by the Malta Security Services Chief. Degiorgio claimed the charges against him stemmed from unlawfully obtained evidence, but the Court found the warrant targeting him was valid, as it was issued before Caruana Galizia’s murder and for other serious crimes. The Court concluded that there was no evidence of abuse of power in Degiorgio’s case, and the phone taps were used for intelligence
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