Maltese Police break Libyan/Maltese tax evasion racket / Malta News Briefing – Saturday 27 November 2021

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Police bust Libyan/Maltese tax evasion racket

A group of Libyan and Maltese nationals suspected of illegally moving millions of euros through the airport are to be charged with money laundering and tax evasion, among other crimes. Times of Malta is informed that the suspects are being held at the police’s Financial Crime Investigation Department.  They are expected to be charged on Saturday evening. In a statement, the police said it had seized two luxurious vehicles, €100,000 in cash, a considerable amount of jewellery and branded clothing, foreign number plates, and electronic equipment, which includes mobile phones and computers. The investigations were carried out in coordination with a number of foreign jurisdictions, including the US, the UK, Italy and Europol.  The case revolves around a cluster of some five Malta-registered companies which the group controls.  Police received intelligence that the suspects would routinely move large sums in cash out of the country via Malta International Airport. (Times of Malta)

Covid-19 Update

Ninety-five new COVID-19 cases were reported on Saturday, as the number of virus patients requiring hospital treatment remained 12. The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths has steadily risen over the past two weeks, with six people dying in the past seven days and the number of active cases doubling in 14 days to rise past the 1,000 mark. 

Black Friday sales decent – SME Chamber

Black Friday sales were “decent”, the SME Chamber said. In a statement, the Chamber said that the absolute majority of businesses did better than they did in 2020, and some got closer to their figures in 2019. However, there was still a lot of room for improvement.
“It is clear that Malta’s economy is still suffering the effects of COVID-19 and also other challenges coupled with this,” the chamber added, noting in particular that some leading outlets did not have enough stock in hand to sell. (Times/Maltatoday)

PN promises change in public sector

“A new Nationalist government is committed to implementing change for public sector employees…. because for us everyone has value ”. The Nationalist Party kept its momentum on the public sector, with leader Bernard Grech allocating a significant chunk f his Saturday radio discourse to the theme.
Bernard Grech said the PN wants workers to be incentivized so they can work better. In addition, he said that there must be a better work-life balance with the party promising an increase in emergency leave capping. Bernard Grech also spoke about the proposals put forward by the Nationalist Party for workers in the public sector, where he said that the PN believes in the value of the Maltese worker. “A party that believes that our country can always move forward through the skills of individuals”, Grech insisted. (Net News)

Covid-19 Update 95 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Saturday, as 47 persons recovered. Active cases now stand at 1,051, with just 12 of them requiring hospital treatment, one of whom in ITU.

Mid-Day Briefing

Black Friday sales decent – SME Chamber

Black Friday sales were “decent”, the SME Chamber said. In a statement, the Chamber said that the absolute majority of businesses did better than they did in 2020, and some got closer to their figures in 2019. However, there was still a lot of room for improvement.
“It is clear that Malta’s economy is still suffering the effects of COVID-19 and also other challenges coupled with this,” the chamber added, noting in particular that some leading outlets did not have enough stock in hand to sell.

PN promises change in public sector

“A new Nationalist government is committed to implementing change for public sector employees…. because for us everyone has value ”. The Nationalist Party kept its momentum on the public sector, with leader Bernard Grech allocating a significant chunk f his Saturday radio discourse to the theme.
Bernard Grech said the PN wants workers to be incentivized so they can work better. In addition, he said that there must be a better work-life balance with the party promising an increase in emergency leave capping. Bernard Grech also spoke about the proposals put forward by the Nationalist Party for workers in the public sector, where he said that the PN believes in the value of the Maltese worker. “A party that believes that our country can always move forward through the skills of individuals”, Grech insisted.

Morning Briefing

PN promises better salaries, meritocracy in public sector

A PN government will revise public sector salary scales, the party said on Friday. In a press conference, Nationalist MP Joseph Ellis said the party was promising to make salaries in the public sector more attractive and more in line with market realities today, stopping short of giving further details on the matter. The Opposition is also proposing better performance bonuses for public sector workers will be introduced while work experience and in-work training will be recognised for career progression. “We want to incentivise a culture of meritocracy and also encourage public servants to improve their position and render a better service to the public,” Ellis said. (Times of Malta)

Dead body found near Filfla

A dead body spotted out at sea near the island of Filfla on Friday morning has been recovered by the Armed Forces of Malta. In a statement, the police said that after being alterted to the presence of a lifeless body in the sea, it called for the assistance of the Armed Forces of Malta and the body was recovered by a patrol boat. The body had not yet been identified. (Maltatoday)

Protest against femicide in Valletta

Moviment Graffitti held two days of activities protesting against the repeated cycle of violence women suffer from – physical, domestic, psychological and emotional, in honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Graffiti said that the blame should be given to both the abuser as well as to society and institutions who choose to ignore the rising problem of violence against women and its urgency. (Independent)

Covid-19 Update
56 new cases were reported on Friday, with 58 persons recovering. During the past 24 hours, two other patients have passed away, a man and a woman both aged 77.Active cases stand at 1,003.

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