Four police officers suspended after mileage fraud investigation / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 16 August 2023

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Four police officers suspended after mileage fraud investigation
Four police officers have been placed on suspension in connection with an ongoing investigation into the manipulation of mileage readings on imported Japanese vehicles. Reports indicate that the officers were suspended around ten days ago. Their suspension is tied to their involvement in the inquiry surrounding two car dealerships, suspected of resetting odometers on pre-owned cars, an issue that came to light a year ago and raised concerns. Conducted by the Financial Crime Investigation Department (FCID) of the police, the investigation has uncovered certain inadequacies linked to the officers. Nevertheless, it remains unclear whether these shortcomings are attributed to their failure to execute their duties adequately, or if there is suspicion of more active and intentional participation in the alleged fraudulent activities. (Times of Malta)

Former BOV, Air Malta Chairman dies
Joseph N Tabone, the former chairman of Air Malta and Bank of Valletta, has passed away. John Saliba, a longtime colleague at both BOV and Air Malta, announced his death on Facebook. An accountant, Tabone held leadership positions at various entities including Redifussion, a cable radio company in Malta, and later Citadal plc. Tabone’s tenure as chief of Air Malta spanned from 1992 to 1997. Survived by his wife Giorgia and their three children – Theresa, Angela, and Anne-Marie – Joseph N Tabone’s legacy reaches across his impactful contributions in both the airline and financial sectors. (The Malta Independent)

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Young police officer charged with harming former partner’s companion

A 20-year-old police officer has been formally charge, facing accusations of causing harm to an individual he encountered in the company of his former partner. The reported incident took place in Żurrieq on a Sunday. Brandon Nasem Elsrmani, who remains under arrest, underwent the arraignment procedure in the presence of Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras. During the court session, it was revealed that a verbal altercation escalated into a physical confrontation, resulting in the victim sustaining a broken nose.Nasem Elsrmani has been charged with causing harm to an individual, engaging in actions contrary to his duty to prevent offenses, and disrupting public tranquility. He entered a plea of not guilty to all charges leveled against him. (TVM)

TCNs more likely to leave their job in initial year than Maltese

According to a report issued by the Central Bank, employees from non-EU countries are twice as prone to leaving their jobs within the initial year compared to their Maltese counterparts. Nonetheless, the data presented in the report indicates that the rate of job departures within the initial three months of employment last year, which stood at 15% for third-country nationals, was actually exceeded by EU workers. In the context of the first year of employment, individuals from EU countries registered comparable levels of job terminations in 2022. (Times of Malta)

Gżira Road Works to Conclude by October Following Protests

Following a demonstration by Gżira residents against the prolonged road construction, the Public Works Department has announced that the project on Triq Manoel De Vilhena is expected to conclude by October. The roadwork, which began a year ago, was temporarily halted due to material procurement challenges faced by the contractor, J Construction Limited. However, construction is set to recommence after the acquisition of the necessary materials, as stated by the Public Works Department in a post on social media. (Newsbook)

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