Alleged drug lord Jordan Azzopardi’s girlfriend was arrested in court today after dramatic testimony in which one of his ex-employees claimed she had tried to pay him €20,000 not to testify.
Jordan Azzopardi and his girlfriend sat side by side in the dock before magistrate Doreen Clarke as the compilation of evidence against them continued on Thursday.
Jason Zammit, who is serving a prison sentence in connection with a 2018 drug raid in Gzira, took the witness stand to confirm a statement he had released to the police. In the statement the man said he would consume heroin and cocaine. He pointed out Azzopardi as the person he would buy drugs from in court this morning.
“I had met him in Mosta two and a half years ago, Azzopardi had approached me and offered me a job,” he said. Azzopardi would give him 20g of drugs as a debt and it was up to Zammit to sell and repay him for them. The amounts sold would go up to 100g every 3 or 4 days, he said.
“In the beginning he would call me up…sometimes I would go to his garage in Birkirkara.” He was opening another garage in Balzan but there were problems with the landlord, said the witness.
The garage was equipped with cameras. It was like a lotto booth with a grate separating the buyers from the person on the inside, he said.
Azzopardi employed several people to man this garage, he said.
“The last time I went… I had a fit,” he said breaking down into tears. “I had a fit in the garage. There were around 10 people inside and he told them not to call the ambulance… When I came to, Azzopardi was there, reading his accounts.
Asked if he recalled the names of the other people there, he said ”one guy, Gonzi, had put a spoon in my mouth to stop me from swallowing my tongue.”
The inspector asked him if he had been made to fear anything in prison. He said “no not at all.” “Several prisoners approached me to change my testimony. Jordan sent them to press me. I don’t pay attention…” he said dismissively.
Via The Malta Independent / Times of Malta