The Times of Malta reports that a man murdered outside a cafe in Paceville was stabbed 28 times in a brawl that lasted just two minutes and was triggered by a row over earnings from prostitution. These details came out in court today.
Maltatoday announces that Michele Marcolini replaces Devis Mangia as men’s national team coach following sexual harassment allegations against the latter. Marcolini played for Bari, Inter and Chievo among others. He has coached several Serie B and C teams and won the Coppa Italia Serie C with piemontese club Alessandria in season 2017-18.
TVM shares details of the continuation of the court case concerning the murder of Bernice Cassar. It emerged that Cassar’s husband called Bernice’s father and told him: “I have killed your daughter and the children will end up in a home”.
The Malta Independent says that former Enemalta financial controller Tarcisio Mifsud has been cleared of all charged of corruption in connection with the oil scandal nearly 10 years ago.
Ferris wins discrimination compensation against Police
Former police inspector and FIAU manager Jonathan Ferris has been awarded €20,000 in damages over discriminatory treatment suffered at the hands of former police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar. Ferris had instituted proceedings in 2019 claiming that the commissioner’s failure to reinstate him to the police force after he was sacked from the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit breached his fundamental human rights. The former police officer also claimed that his rights were breached further by the original decision whereby he was not granted a secondment from the police force to the FIAU. (Times of Malta)
PM says SE Asia offers significant trade opportunities
Prime Minister Robert Abela said that Malta needs to explore more trade with ten countries in South Eastern Asia to diversify its economy. He was speaking to the national broadcaster in the margins of an EU summit discussed the development of trade between the two regions with leaders of the region. Malta exports more than it imports towards these countries, with the exception of Singapore, to which over the last five years an average of €135 million per year were exported, as the Maltese business community has not entered that much into these markets. The PM said that Malta needs to look towards these countries to keep diversifying the economy in various sectors. (TVM)
PN calls on Government to address court delays.
The Nationalist Party has urged Justice Minister Jonathan Attard to take immediate action to guarantee courts have all of the necessary human and financial resources so the judiciary can do its job properly. The PN said an increase of staff at the Court Services Agency, including the allocation of personnel directly to judges and magistrates would help in addressing court delay. (Maltatoday)
Court hears evidence of police officer beating pedestrian
A police officer was caught on camera shoving a pedestrian onto a quiet street and then beating him to the ground until two other officers intervened, a court heard on Wednesday. Details of violence on a person described as dark-skinned were given in court during a hearing concerning three police officers who stand accused of abducting foreign nationals and then assaulting them. Constables Rica Mifsud Grech, 22, Luca Brincat, 20 and Jurgen Falzon, 24 are alleged to have “randomly” selected migrants off the streets, taken them to secluded spots and then beating and abandoning them. (Times of Malta)
PBS to go ahead with Mintoff documentary
The public broadcaster will be airing a documentary on former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff. In a statement refering to recent speculation that the documentary might be scrapped, PBS said that “it is not true that the PBS cancelled the documentary. In fact, the documentary will be aired soon”. The PBS said that it has in fact instructed producers to produce a documentary on former Nationalist PM George Borg Olivier. The board felt it would be the right decision to announce and air the two documentaries together. (Maltatoday)
No offers for Gasan’s Electrogas shares
Electrogas shareholder Mark Gasan said that despite the company went public with its intention to exit the “controversial” project in 2020, the company has not found any buyers. Pressed by Opposition members on the Public Accounts Committee on why Gasan Group has not sold its shares yet, Gasan said they haven’t found any buyers. “We’re actively looking to sell, and one of the reasons might be the controversy surrounding the project,” Gasan said on why nobody has shown interest in buying his company’s shares. (Newsbook)