Yorgen Fenech’s lawyers cleared of bribery on technicality: / Malta News Briefing – Monday 27 June 2022

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Yorgen Fenech’s lawyers cleared of bribery on technicality: The Court ruled that the Attorney General had not specified the appropriate sort of bribery, clearing Yorgen Fenech’s attorneys of trying to bribe a Times of Malta reporter. Gianluca Caruana Curran and Charles Mercieca were found guilty on Monday morning in proceedings related to an effort to provide senior journalist Ivan Martin hundreds of euros at the conclusion of a meeting at their Valletta office. Although the two attorneys were charged with active bribery and the evidence was gathered in support of that accusation, the court, presided over by Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras, noted that the Attorney General had identified a different legal provision in its note for referral.

Joseph Portelli confirms interest in Montenegrin island: Gozitan entrepreneur Joseph Portelli has confirmed that he is considering purchasing an island in the Adriatic nation of Montenegro. In a statement to the Times of Malta, Portelli reiterated his desire to purchase the island and insisted he has “excellent ideas” for it. Portelli, who has risen to notoriety in recent years for a number of high-profile property projects in Malta and Gozo, claimed that Montenegrin officials “laid out the red carpet” for him when he visited St. Mark’s island. Portelli however denied that the purchase has already gone through.

Covid-19 Update: 417 new cases were reported on Monday, according to health authorities. This has taken the active case tally to 5,207, exceeding 5,000 for the first time since April.

Morning Briefing

Police investigate massive Paceville brawl

The police are investigating a massive brawl that broke out in St George’s Road in Paceville on Saturday night, footage of which was published on social media. At point a member of what social media users described as ‘a gang’ threw a barricade in the direction of bouncers. At that point, the group of men seem to flee the scene, with some security personnel giving chase. (Times of Malta)

President in Qatar

The President of Malta, George Vella, accompanied by Mrs Vella, has started a State visit to Qatar. During the visit, President Vella will hold a meeting with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Yesterday, Dr Vella visited the National Museum of Qatar, and met the Maltese community in Qatar.

Covid-19 Update
Malta reported 442 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. With 156 recoveries the number of known active cases rose to 4,952. No new deaths were registered and thus the national death toll since the start of the pandemic remained at 740.

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