Updated 1700 – Afternoon Briefing
The Times of Malta reports that witness Ahmed Ali Abduwili said that he was bundled into a police car, handcuffed, taken to a dark place “away from the highway” and beaten by four officers as he lay on the ground. Constables Rica Mifsud Grech, 22, Luca Brincat, 20 and Jurgen Falzon, 24, are accused of abducting and assaulting foreign nationals at least on three occasions. The Somali man insisted that on the night when he was beaten up, there were four officers, not three.
Maltatoday says that a court has thrown out a human rights case filed by brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio before their trial for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The brothers had claimed in the human rights case that the filing of the Bill of Indictment against them precluded them from cross-examining witnesses.
The Independent reports that te Nationalist Party is not yet commenting on the proposed legal changes to abortion laws in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, saying that it will do so after the legal amendments are published and discussed within the party.
Newsbook says that according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, Malta was amongst the countries with the lowest annual inflation rates, hitting 7.4%. This remained unchanged from the previous month.
EU investigating Marsa project, Cassola reveals: Independent candidate Arnold Cassola revealed that the European Public Prosecutor’s Office was investigating the Marsa Junction project after being summoned by local police to elaborate on “first-hand evidence” of corruption. The former AD leader said that he had presented the police commissioner with email and WhatsApp chat conversations between major players involved in the mega project. Cassola had previously said at least two “well-known personalities” are involved.
Man dies in construction site fall: A 47-year-old man from St Julian’s tragically lost his life after falling off a warehouse roof in Triq Belt il-Ħażna, Marsa. According to police reports, the man, who was working on-site at around 9.15am, fell a height measuring around one and a half storeys.
Air Malta flights diverted back to airport after in-flight emergency: An Air Malta flight to Vienna has declared an in-flight emergency and diverted back to Malta International Airport earlier this morning. According to reports flight KM514 had just left the airport when it rerouted back and made an emergency landing. The same report reveals that smoke was detected in the cabin of the airplane, prompting it to turn back.
Almost 6% increase in jobs registered in June: Full-time jobs increased by 5.9% during June, according to the latest NSO data. The statistics office also said that the number of part-time jobs as the main source of work increased by 6% when compared to the same month last year. Figures provided by the JobsPlus Agency show that the number of workers in the labour market increased by 5.5% to 253,662 over a 12-month period. This increase is attributed to an increase of 13,980 in the number of full-time jobs and a drop of 757 in the number of persons registering for work.
Agreement close on new Ombudsman, parties distant on Standards Commissioner
The PN that it agreed with the government on the nomination of retired judge Joseph Zammit McKeon to serve as Ombudsman. It however insisted that talks need to continue on the appointment of the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life. On the other hand, the Labour Party accused PN leader Bernard Grech of backtracking after having given his word on the nomination of former chief justice Joseph Azzopardi to become Standards Commssioner. (Times of Malta)
IGM expresses solidarity with Victor Vella
The Institute of Maltese Journalists has expressed solidarity with journalist and editor Victor Vella over threats he received for his views on migration.
Vella filed a police report on the attacks, directed to himself, his family and children. “The IGM condemns without any reservation this behaviour from people, who believe that because they are hiding behind their computer at home can say whatever they want,” the statement read. (Maltatoday)
Speaker says Ministers should not avoid parliamentary sittings
Speaker Anġlu Farrugia said hat ministers must ensure that they do not avoid a parliamentary sitting unless there were clearly more urgent matters to attend to. He was giving a ruling after transport minister Aaron Farrugia was accused to have avoided a sitting to avoid questions on the two Transport Malta officials who were caught beating up a man. The speaker then emphasised that it is not unusual for ministers to answer questions on behalf of their colleagues, but said that in this case, a minister who was in Parliament House could – and should – have answered these questions personally. (Newsbook)