The Communist Party of Malta appeals to the two major political parties not to give in to the pressure that the US Government might put through its Embassy here in Malta with regards to SOFA (A Status of Forces Agreement).
“SOFA will give U.S. courts jurisdiction over crimes committed by US serviceman in Malta . These crimes could be against other US serviceman or local civilians".
“In other countries where a SOFA agreement is in force, local juridical authorities found themselves helpless as they could not proceed against US serviceman, even in cases of rape and murder. As SOFA gives jurisdiction to the US military authorities”.
“ US serviceman are mostly acquitted when they appear before military court martial charged with a crime that was committed in a foreign land. In Japan out of 7,046 crimes committed by US serviceman during the period 1985-2004, in which 19 people died, only one suspect appeared in front of a military court, and only 318 cases were disciplinary actions were taken, according to a statement by the Communist Party of Japan”.
The Communist Party of Malta questions the need for Malta to sign this SOFA agreement? Is the US intending to have a military presence in Malta ? Does this mean that US want Malta to become a military ally?
The Party calls upon other progressive forces in Malta to voice their protest against SOFA.