Your morning briefing for today.
Developing Story: Planning Authority’s CEO Johann Buttigieg, in a post on his Facebook page announced that there is a major operation is currently underway at Marsa involving the Planning Authority together with immigration officials, ALE, IRU and Health Authority officials. A considerable number of persons have been found living in stables
Malta Today reports that the three suspects in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia have been formally charged. Brother George and Alfred Degiorgio, and Vincent Muscat are each facing multiple life sentences.
The Times says that prosecutors now have 20 months to set a date for trial for the accused. Experts from the Netherlands Forensic Institute, Europol, and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, were involved in the investigation.
The Malta Independent also leads with the bill of indictment filed by the Attorney General against the three men, coinciding with the 21st month since the murder. The paper says that the suspects would have been eligible for bail within a few weeks.
The Malta Independent speaks to Justice Minister Owen Bonnici about different statements by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Affairs Minister regarding the government’s commitment to a public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder. Bonnici said there was no contradiction.
Malta Today follows the case against two former AFM soldiers accused of with the murder of Lassana Cisse in a drive-by shooting in Ħal Far. Migrant Ibrahim Bah took the witness stand on Tuesday and described how he was shot in the back and left for dead on the same night.
The Times reports on Bah’s testimony, too, who said that he came to Malta because he had heard that it was a safe country for migrants. The 27-year-old from Guinea was with Mohammed Jallow, 28, from Gambia, when the attempted murder took place.
In-Nazzjon announces that the PN’s Executive Council unanimously agreed on the formula to be presented for the vote of General Council members later this month. The question will be: Do you want Adrian Delia to lead the PN until the coming general election?
L-Orizzont speaks to Sexually Transmitted Diseases expert Philip Carabott who said that sexual health policy in Malta needs to be revisited. Carabott revealed that cases of syphilis increased by 123 percent in the last 10 years, growing to 13.5 cases for every 100,000 residents.
In-Nazzjon reports on the election of Ursula von der Leyen as President of the EU Commission after a vote in the European Parliament. The paper says that von der Leyen is the first woman to be appointed to the top job in Brussels.
L-Orizzont picks up a social media post by PN MP Jason Azzopardi who said that what is right cannot be reduced to a popularity contest. The paper says the dig was aimed at party members who elected current leader Adrian Delia.