November 2, 2001
Meeting on Home Leave
St James Chavalier, Valletta
“Home Leave” was a proposal Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl made to the government for regular familial visits of prisoners to their families. The public meeting concentrated on this proposal.
For active participation at the meeting, Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl had invited the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Tonio Borg; the prison Director, Emmanuel Cassar; and the Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Dr Gavin Gulia. However, to our great disappointment, not anyone of them appeared for the occasion. The meeting was unfortunately also poorly attended by the public.
Those who attended and participated actively were Gillian Bartolo, a journalist of The Malta Independent on Sunday; and Mario Mallia, the Vice-President of Malta’s thirt party, Alternattiva Demokratika. Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl was represented by Ivan Cauchi, the then Director of the organisation.
Though the public attended poorly, the members of the press were numerous. These subsequently gave a most satisfactory report of the occasion.
The discussion was very lively, with active participation from the floor, and from various local groups, both private and governmental.