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Marrache parole decision comes under political scrutiny

The Gibraltar Government is considering “various legal courses of action” after a Supreme Court judge suggested earlier this week that convicted fraudster Isaac Marrache may have been “technically unlawfully” released on bail.
The judgement by Puisne Judge Adrian Jack raised questions not just about the Parole Board’s decision to grant parole to Marrache, but also about Justice Minister Neil Costa’s choice to discontinue a court application he filed questioning that decision.
Mr Justice Jack made no final determination of the issues arising from the parole decision. With Marrache released, the judge said he was not in a position to test the arguments.
But Mr Justice Jack left little doubt that he had reservations about the case, which he adjourned indefinitely.
The judge added that victims of the multi-million pound fraud could yet challenge the Parole Board’s decision in future.
Last night the GSD also raised concerns about the case and urged Mr Costa to take note of the judgement and renew his court review of the Parole Board’s decision.
The Opposition said it should be the Gibraltar Government, not victims of the fraud, which ensured the decision to grant bail was properly tested by the court.

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