Gaddafi widow contests release of EUR94m in BOV funds to Libyan state/ Malta News Briefing – Saturday 23 July 2022

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Gaddafi widow contests release of EUR94m in BOV funds to Libyan state: The widow of deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has filed an appeal against a decision by a Maltese court to release over €94 million held in Bank of Valletta accounts in favour of the Libyan state. The Times of Malta reports that the appeal was filed by Maltese lawyer Louis Cassar Pullicino on behalf of the Gaddafi heirs’ lawyer, Charilos Oikonomopoulos and Gaddafi’s widow, Safiya Ferkash Mohammed. They are arguing that the Maltese courts lacked jurisdiction and could not decide the case over the funds.

Greens argue that President inaction on IVF is unconstitutional: ADPD chairman Carmel Cacopardo has called President George Vella’s continued delay in assenting to amendments to Malta’s IVF rules, a breach of his constitutional responsibilities. The Maltese Parliament approved the legislation of preimplantation genetic testing on embryos for inheritable diseases on 6 July. However, the President has not yet signed the law, with media reports suggesting that Vella may wait to be abroad and leave the uncomfortable signature to the Acting President.

Man seriously injured in Mellieħa crash: A man was grievously injured in a traffic accident in Mellieha early on Saturday morning, the police said. The Malta Independent reported that the accident involved a Volkswagen T-Cross, driven by a 41-year-old man of Mellieha, and a Mazda Demio driven by a 19-year-old woman of Mgarr. The man was taken to hospital with grievous injuries.

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