Caruana Galizia self-confessed killer repeats claims of payment by politician for aborted murder attempt / Malta News Briefing – Monday 1 August 2022

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Times of Malta says staff at the St Vincent de Paul care home failed to follow basic procedures, resulting in an elderly resident walking out of the facility, never to be seen again, an internal inquiry has found.

MaltaToday says Melvin Theuma, the self-confessed middleman in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder, has told a court how one of the men accused of murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, George Degiorgio, had once delivered a chilling message, via his brother Mario, telling him, to fear those “on the inside.”

Newsbook says over the past century, Malta has seen its population more than double, with the number of inhabitants exceeding 519,000 according to the latest population and housing census held last year.

TVM says the Government is dedicating funds to NGOs to continue working abroad and have the chance to collaborate with foreign NGOs. A scheme of €125,000 has been launched in the Civil Society Fund.

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Caruana Galizia killer repeats claims of payment by politician for aborted murder attempt: Self-confessed killer George Degiorgio has claimed that he and his brother were ‘used’, by other persons involved in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination. In a new podcast, Degiorgio alleges to have been paid a deposit in 2015 by a top Maltese political figure for a separate aborted contract to kill Caruana Galizia. The eventual killing was priced at €150,000. Degiorgio insisted that other persons are involved, while accusing the police of wanting to protect the people he is willing to implicate. Previously, Degiorgio said he is prepared to testify against others he alleges are involved in the murder, in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence “or maybe less”.

Census reveals significant population growth: Malta’s population has increased by a quarter over the past decade, according to the preliminary report of the 2021 Census of Population and Housing. The official country’s headcount now stands at 519,562 after the highest change ever recorded to date between two censuses. The report, issued by the NSO, shows that increases in the population count were recorded in every district since 2011, with the most being in the Northern District, recording a 47% increase, or 30,000 persons. The Southern Harbour District recorded the lowest increase, with 8.3%.

Further decline in registered unemployed: In June 2022, the number of persons registering for work stood at 954 decreasing by 757 when compared to the corresponding month in 2021, NSO data shows. Data provided by Jobsplus for June 2022 indicate a year-on-year decrease of 725 persons registering under Part I, and an additional drop of 32 persons registering under Part II of the unemployment register. The largest share of males and females on the unemployment register sought occupations as Clerical support workers, with 22.0% and 38.3% respectively.

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