Costa files fresh claim in Marrache parole case

Costa files fresh claim in Marrache parole case

Lawyers acting for Justice Minister Neil Costa have filed a claim in the Supreme Court in a bid to dispel any legal uncertainty surrounding the release of convicted fraudster Isaac Marrache on parole earlier this month.
The case follows controversy over the Parole Board’s decision to release Marrache after he had served a third of his seven-year sentence and despite his plans to travel to the US and work as a financial advisor.
Initially concerned about those plans, Mr Costa questioned that decision in court but later withdrew after receiving documentation indicating Marrache’s situation had changed.
But despite the minister discontinuing the challenge, Puisne Judge Adrian Jack issued a judgement and raised questions about the Mr Costa’s decision to withdraw the case.
Instead of discontinuing the case altogether, as the minister wanted, the judge adjourned it sine die, meaning without a determinate timeframe.
It is that decision by the judge that this new application seeks to clarify.
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