Malta News Briefing – Thursday 10 November 2022

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Notary Ivan Barbara’s widow to be accused of perjury: The widow of notary Ivan Barbara is to be charged with perjury over a sworn declaration she gave during a case involving potential misappropriation of funds belonging to her late husband’s clients. The police have filed the charges against Rosanne Barbara Zarb, 48, of Paola, after an investigation found that she allegedly lied in her response to a magistrate considering an application for an inquiry into the case. Barbara Zarb has always insisted that she had never met nor communicated with her husband’s clients and that they had made an “imaginary connection” that she and her husband carried out business together as a consequence of their marriage. (Times of Malta)

Christian Borg cleared of employing foreign workers illegally after prosecution puts up weak case: Rental car entrepreneur Christian Borg has been cleared of illegally employing foreign workers at a car wash, after a court ruled that his ties to the company specified by the prosecution, had not been proven. The case is separate from procedures in which Borg, together with five other men, is being accused of abducting, beating and threatening a man over a missing van. In her sentence, the Magistrate lambasted the AG and the police for putting up a weak case, failing to call up important witnesses and failing to bring basic evidence related to the company in question. (Maltatoday)

Biker dies in Sliema incident: The roads have taken yet another life, with a motorcyclist dying after he was involved in a traffic accident in Sliema, the police said. The accident took place in Tower Road at 11pm. Police said that the victim is a 32-year-old Macedonian. (The Malta Independent)

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No feedback by PM on new Standards Commissioner – Bernard Grech

PN leader Bernard Grech said that despite meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss who shall replace George Hyzler as Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, he had received no further feedback. The Opposition leader insisted he was willing to meet Abela on the matter whenever it was convenient for the latter, and added that the prime minister is signaling that he does not want a new Standards Commissioner especially after the asset declarations filed in Parliament. (Maltatoday)

PL MP wants broadcast of court sittings

PL MP Glen Bedingfield said that it was time to allow the broadcasting of certain court sittings. Intervening in a parliamentary debate on the justice ministry’s budget estimates, Bedingfield brought up the issue while discussing the need to introduce the local justice system to digitalisation. “It is time we start discussing what sort of access the media should have in our courtrooms,” Bedingfield said. (Times of Malta)

Jet2 announces further UK-Malta links & Jet2holidays will be increasing the numbers of tourists coming to Malta by 30%. In a post on social media, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo described this as positive news from the UK for tourism. The Minister explained that this will mean an increase in the number of flights between Malta and the UK. (TVM)

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