Dr Chris Said has been cleared of all charges of perjury. The verdict was delivered on Thursday morning in the Gozo Magistrates’ Court.
About one month ago, Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi had accepted the resignation of Parliamentary Secretary Chris Said who had resigned after an appeals court decided that he should face legal proceedings for perjury when Dr Said was legal counsel to a British woman who was seeking custody of her baby from his Maltese father in January 2007.
The woman later chose another lawyer and Dr Said handed over the file of the case to him. During a court hearing, Dr Said was questioned about the case and he declared that the court had awarded temporary custody during an evening sitting in January 2007.
Subsequently the baby’s father filed legal proceedings against Dr Said, arguing that what he said was not true as the Court had decided in the afternoon in camera, before the evening sitting. Dr Said insisted that the perjury allegations were groundless and he is going to contest them in court. However, he felt it would be better to resign so as to avoid burdening the government and to prepare his case.
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