Man dies, three injured after firework factory in Kirkop explodes
A man died and three were injured when a fireworks factory in Kirkop exploded on Saturday morning, in blasts that were heard across the country. The blast was heard across significant swathes of the country, stretching from Marsaxlokk to Naxxar and even Sliema. In a post on Facebook, the San Gużepp club said that Leonard Camilleri, who had previously served as the factory’s licencee, had died in the explosion. Camilleri had survived a similar blast 10 years ago.
Two men were inside the factory at the time. One of them, aged 45 and from Kirkop, made it out alive and was rushed to Mater Dei Hospital by ambulance for medical treatment.
As of 11am, police were unable to provide information about the medical condition of the factory worker who made it out alive. Two farmers who were close to the fireworks factory at the time were also taken to hospital to be treated for shock and slight injuries. The two men are aged 63 and 72 and are both from Żurrieq.
Malta battered by heavy rain – strong winds up next, Met Office warns
The Malta Meteorological Office has issued an orange weather warning on Saturday, as significant amounts of rain and hail flooded the roads around the island. A major thunderstorm started over Sicily and descended onto Malta and out into the rest of the Mediterranean in the early hours of the morning. The Met Office said that a depression over the Tyrrhenian Sea is expected to continue moving south with rather strong southerly winds becoming moderate to rather strong northwesterly. (Times of Malta)
San Andrea to appoint new lead investigator
San Andrea School will appoint a new person to head the inquiry into fraud allegations after former judge Joseph Zammit McKeon was nominated as Ombudsman by the prime minister earlier this week. In a statement on Friday, the school said it was close to identifying a new person to take over from the former judge, who was leading the inquiry into fraud allegations. (Newsbook)
MBR restricts access to company data
Records on the identity of the real owners of Malta-based companies will no longer be available to the general public, the business registry announced on Friday. In what has been described as a blow to transparency, the European Court of Justice this week “invalidated” an EU anti-money laundering directive that guaranteed public access to information on who the beneficial owners of companies are. Transparency International said the European Court decision will set back the fight against cross-border corruption “by years”. (Times of Malta)
Protestors demand responsibility after Bernice Cassar murder
People have gathered in front of police headquarters and marched in protest to the law courts, demanding responsibility be shouldered for Bernice Cassar’s murder. A crowd of protestors called out the institutional failures that allowed the 40-year-old mother of two to be murdered by her husband, barely 24 hours after she filed a police report against hi. The protest was organised by Moviment Graffitti and supported by several organisations. Members of Bernice’s family also attended. Others in the crowd included president emeritus Marie-Louise Colerio Preca, independent candidate Arnold Cassola and Anne Marie Grech – the Opposition leader’s wife. (Maltatoday/Newsbook)
Man charged with defiling five-year-old stepson
A 42-year-old man has been granted bail after being charged with defiling his partner’s five-year-old son. The man, whose name is subject to a reporting ban, appeared in court before Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit, was charged with corruption of a minor aggravated by the fact that the alleged victim is under 12 years of age and due to his relationship with the victim. He was additionally charged with repeatedly committing non-consensual acts of a sexual nature on a minor who resided with him and subjecting the child to unwanted acts of physical intimacy. (The Malta Independent)