A court decree by Judge Miriam Hayman expresses concerns about Andrea Prudente’s behaviour during a previous court sitting.
A court decree by Judge Miriam Hayman failed to hit the media. This decree concerns court proceedings instigated by Andrea Prudente and her previous partner Jay Weeldreyer. This couple initiated court proceedings against the Maltese state for compensation because they claimed their rights were breached when Prudente was denied an abortion in Malta.
One needs to remember that Andrea Prudente and her ex-partner are represented in Court by Lara Dimitrijevic. This time around, the Court did not feel convinced by the explanation given by Dimitrijevic why Prudente was in the same room with her ex-partner, Jay Weeldreyer, when the latter was giving his testimony to Court. Andrea Prudente is also part of this court case and a witness, so she cannot be in the room while Jay Weeldreyer is giving his testimony.
In her decree, Judge Miriam Hayman stated,
“Undoubtedly, it would be more desirable for a Court to hear and see witnesses face to face during testimony. However, the Court recognized that this is not always possible, especially considering the distances in the present case.“
Judge Hayman continued to explain that:
“The online hearing of witnesses is envisaged in the law and therefore allowed, but this has always to occur under the directions of the Court leading such hearing. The Court insisted that Andrea Prudente must assure the Court that she is not subject to any influence during her online deposition. Therefore, the Court wants assurance that Andrea Prudente is alone when giving her testimony.“
Judge Hayman concluded her decree that:
“If the Court is not convinced that these requirements are being met or obstacles arise that induce suspicion of the witness being influenced, the proceeding will be suspended. Then, the Court will take the necessary provisions“, Judge Hayman warned.
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