Thursday, 1 May 2008

Malta lost a great man

The Times of Malta reported that Sir Anthony Mamo, the first President of Malta, died aged 99 this morning.The same newspaper gave a short biographical note on Sir Anthony Mamo. He was a former Chief Justice and was the only Governor-General of Malta before he served as President between 1974-76.
Anthony Mamo was born in Birkirkara and educated at the Archbishop’s seminary and the University of Malta where he graduated BA in 1931 and LLD in 1934. He was in private practice for a year before joining the civil service. He served as Crown Counsel from 1942 and became attorney general. He was appointed chief justice in 1957 and Governor-General in 1971 before becoming President in 1974.
Sir Anthony was a professor of criminal law at the University.
He was awarded the OBE in 1955 and knighted two years later. He was made Sieheb il-Gieh within the National Order of Merit in 1993.

The Department of Information said the Prime Minister had phoned Sir Anthony's family to convey his condolences. Sir Anthony is to be given a state funeral. Details will be announced shortly. The last state funeral was that of President Agatha Barbara in 2002.

Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party issued a press statement expressing the party's condolences, praising Sir Anthony for his intellect, integrity and professionalism, saying that his passing away was a major loss for the country.

May he Rest in Peace.

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