Who was Carmelo
Carmelo Borg Pisani (August 10 1915–November 28 1942) was a Pro-Italian Maltese nationalist and Fascist. He was born in
Born into a very well respected Catholic and Nationalist Maltese family, Pisani enrolled as a student at the Umberto Primo art lyceum, where he won a scholarship to study in
Pisani believed that
On May 18 1942, Pisani was sent on a secret mission to be the first Axis spy on the
There, Pisani was recognized by one of his childhood friends, Cpt. Tom Warrington. He was transferred to Corradino prison, interrogated, and accused of treason by a pro-British court.
On November 12 1942, he stood trial.
Since the Maltese Legal Code was suspended during the war, a jury was not convened.
In addition, the judges did not consider his renouncement of British citizenship and passport, acquisition of Italian citizenship, and his participation in combat with the Italian Army. In fact, the latter only weakened his position, since he fought against
On November 19 1942, he was sentenced to death for conspiring against His Majesty's government and for treason. His execution followed in nine days.
Herbert Ganado relates the story of his capture differently (cf. Herbert Ganado - Rajt Malta Tinbidel, Book III, chap II pp.18-20, Interprint, 1977 (LC Control No.: 99179781). The book is also available as an English translation by Michael Refalo.
Much less is known about the other Maltese who were put on trial in 1946 and came close to sharing Pisani's fate. Herbert Ganado (IBID) describes these "Conspiracy Trials" (Book III, Chap. XXXI), in which seventeen Maltese were accused on charges of treason. Most of them were students living in
Carmelo Borg Pisani
Painting of the landing in Malta