Malta News Briefing – Thursday 26 January 2023

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Four new Magistrates appointed

Kevan Azzopardi, Gianella Camilleri Busuttil, Abigail Critien and Joseph Gatt will be sworn in as magistrates after they were selected for the post from among 26 applicants who expressed interest in a call. The new appointments mean the judiciary will now be composed of 27 judges and 25 magistrates. (Times of Malta)

Family awarded €615,000 in compensation after State fails to investigate murder

Lino Cauchi’s family was awarded €615,000 in compensation after the Constitutional Court ruled that the State failed to properly investigate his disappearance and murder. Anna Cassar and Paolo Cauchi, widow and son of the murdered accountant had filed constitutional proceedings against the Prime Minister in 2020. Lino Cauchi had disappeared in February 1982 and his mutilated body was only found three years later in a well in Buskett. Cauchi had been accountant to people close to former Labour minister Lorry Sant. (Maltatoday)

Virgin ODZ land should not be touched – MDA

The Malta Developers Association said Thursday it has always insisted that virgin land in ODZ areas should remain untouched. In a statement, the MDA said that there is an increasing national consensus against further development in areas that are Outside Development Zones (ODZ). “Ever since its foundation, the MDA has always believed and insisted that virgin land in ODZ areas should remain untouched by development,” the statement said. The lobby group also said that replacements or changes to existing legal buildings in ODZ should not lead to an increase of the building volume that already exists. (The Malta Independent)

Morning Briefing

Dead body found near Wied il-Mielah

The dead body of a man was discovered in the sea off Wied il-Mielah in Gozo, police said. The body was found at around 5pm, after a report was received by the police that it was spotted in the sea off Gharb in Gozo. The police requested the AFM’s assistance in order to recover the body and it was taken to the Mgarr harbour. The picturesque window is popular with climbers. (TVM)

PM should invest in authorities rather than blame courts – Bernard Grech

PN leader Bernard Grech said Wednesday that Prime Minister Robert Abela should invest in the relevant authorities to improve safety and justice in Malta, rather than blame the courts. Addressing a presser on Wednesday, Grech highlighted how this was not the only time that Abela blamed others, he did the same with the high cost of living, the limited supply of medicines and traffic. The PN leader was reacting to comments by Abela who, facing questions on lack of safety in MAlta, called on the Courts to do their job. In the same press conference, Bernard Grech has reiterated his call for Byron Camilleri to resign after exercising “bad judgement” when he retained the former prisons director despite facing criminal charges.(Maltatoday)

Truck driver pleads not guilty to involuntary homicide

A truck driver who caused the death of a workmate while manoeuvering on a narrow road, pleaded not guilty to involuntary homicide on Wednesday. Davide Manunta, 35, was charged almost a year since the tragic incident in Triq Wied il-Qoton, Birzebbuġa The victim, Karmnu Micallef, 71 of Mġarr, was dead on the road, having suffered extensive head injuries. (Times of Malta)

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