Cassar pleads not guilty to charges of femicide of his estranged wife / Malta News Briefing – Thursday 24 November 2022

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The Times of Malta Roderick Cassar was charged with the murder of his estranged wife on Thursday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty.

Maltatoday reveals that Government will shortly table a law that will enable individuals to seek information from the police on whether their partner has had domestic violence cases

Newsbook says that a veteran police officer who was set to be arraigned on Thursday over abuse of overtime attempted to take his life, a police spokesperson confirmed.

TVM quotes Dr Lara Dimitrijevic, Director of the Foundation for Women’s Rights, who stated that research carried out last year on domestic violence shows that Maltese society and Maltese culture are patriarchal. The Director added that we are still living in a situation where women’s roles and men’s roles are considered as different.

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PN to oppose relaxation of abortion rules

The Nationalist Party parliamentary group will oppose the extension of abortion to safeguard a woman’s health, saying that it wants the exception to abortion to be limited only to saving a woman’s life. The parliamentary group is aligning itself with the position adopted by more than 80 academics earlier this week, which asked for a tighter exception limited to when a woman’s life is in danger. “The PN remains the only political force in favour of life,” the PN said in a statement.

Roderick Cassar to be charged this afternoon

Police will this afternoon charge the lead suspect in the fatal shooting of Bernice Cassar. Sources said that Roderick Cassar, 42, will be arraigned at around 2pm and accused of femicide, the first person in Malta to face such accusation after the concept was introduced into local criminal law earlier this year.

Businesses expecting good Black Friday turnout

The CEO of the Chamber of SMEs Abigail Agius Mamo said that Black Friday this year is an important one, expecting to see the same success of pre-Covid-19 years. “We have seen that consumption by consumers throughout the year of 2022 was at a very good level, and at this stage we are not seeing any reason why this would change,” Agius Mamo told the Business Weekly.

Morning Briefing

Roderick Cassar to be arraigned today

The police have interrogated the main suspect in the murder of Bernice Cassar, her estranged husband, after his discharge from hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Roderick Cassar, 42, was hospitalised for medical checks after being arrested in the early hours of the morning, having barricated himself in his own home throughout the day. He is expected to be arraigned today. (Times of Malta)

Cannabis licence applications to open next week

The Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis will be accepting applications for cannabis club licenses by next February, according to Parliamentary Secretary Rebecca Buttigieg. In a parliamentary address, Buttigieg said that prospective cannabis associations will be able to apply for a license next year. Apart from growing your own cannabis plants, these cannabis associations are the only legal way for people to buy weed. (Maltatoday)

PN Comms director resigns

The Nationalist Party’s communications director Simon Vella Gregory has stepped down. On Facebook, Vella Gregory shared a photo of himself and PN leader Bernard Grech and wrote: “Earlier today I’ve informed PN leader Bernard Grech that I shall step down from my role.” “It was a beautiful year where I met a lot of people and gained experience,” he said, and added that through his appointment as communications director he had also met Grech, who was not only his boss but became also a friend. (Newsbook)

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