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Magistrate Victor Asciak has ordered OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri to testify about the Dubai company 17 Black, saying the court would not tolerate further delays. This emerged during a libel case filed by Schembri against PN MP Simon Busuttil. Schembri has been reluctant to be cross-examined on the subject of Dubai-registered 17 Black, arguing that the company information was not in the public domain at the time that the alleged defamatory speech by Busuttil, about corruption and the Panama Papers, had been delivered in March 2016. However, in a decree handed down by magistrate Victor Axiak the court denied the Schembri’s request to be exempted from testifying. Schembri was expected to testify in libel proceedings against Simon Busutti.
George and Alfred Degiorgio have filed Constitutional proceedings asking the courts to declare their fundamental right to a fair trial and their right to liberty and security have been breached by Peter Omtzigt’s report into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The court action is the latest in a long list of Constitutional cases filed by the brothers, alleging a number of breaches of their human rights. In an application filed in court this morning, their lawyer William Cuschieri argued that Omtzigt had written his report under the “working assumption” that they were guilty of the murder but had been acting under instructions from a third party. The pair had been arrested together with Vincent Muscat on December 4, 2017 and arraigned the
A 12-year-old boy was killed and his 11-year-old cousin has lost his legs after an SUV hit them in Vittoria near Ragusa Thursday night, hospital sources said Friday. The car was driven by a 34-year-old known criminal who reportedly failed an alcohol and drugs test, police said. Italian news agency ANSA reported that the the boy who lost his legs is still in a life-threatening condition. "The boy was operated on but unfortunately we weren't able to save his legs which were sliced off during the crash," said Messina hospital intensive care chief Eloisa Gitto. "His condition is stable but serious, he's still in a life threatening condition.".
A man has been jailed for 2 years after he admitted to theft. George Grech, 58, unemployed, from Cospicua appeared before magistrate Victor Asciak this morning, accused of stealing a gold necklace worth €500 from a jewellers in Valletta in December 2017 and with stealing a bag containing a mobile phone and €250 in cash from a fast food outlet in the capital on 29 April.
In January 2019, registered full-time employment increased by 6.3 per cent while part-time employment as a primary job increased by 1.7 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2018, the NSO said today. Administrative data provided by Jobsplus show that, over a period of one year, the labour supply (excluding part-timers) in January increased by 6.1 per cent, reaching 213,842.
Malta registered the second worst rate of syphilis cases in Europe in 2017, according to a report released today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Malta had a rate of 13.5 cases per 100,000 population; this is second only to Iceland, at 15.4, with the United Kingdom in third place at 11.8 cases per 100,000 people. In 2017, 33,189 confirmed syphilis cases were reported in 28 countries, giving a crude notification rate of 7.1 cases per 100 000 population.
Former Maltese deputy prime minister and European Commissioner Tonio Borg is among politicians who are opposing an abortion bill in Gibraltar, according to reports. Politicians from the UK, the US and Malta have written to the Gibraltar Chief Minister calling on him not to proceed with draft legislation to change laws on abortion, the Gibraltar Chronicle reports. “We note that you have justified the introduction of this proposed legislation based on a reading of a judgment given by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom relating to the abortion laws in Northern Ireland,” they wrote. “Contrary to your stated position, we are unanimous in our view that this judgment creates no legal obligation on Gibraltar to introduce any changes to its law.
The new regulations surrounding the use of karozzini will be introduced today through a legal notice that will be addressing the welfare of the animals, Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights Clint Camilleri said. Speaking at a press conference, the Parliamentary Secretary explained that the karozzini were still being considered as a means of transports, and therefore were required to follow those specific regulations. This new legal notice will not only consider the animals involved, removing them from following the regulations pertaining to transport, but also ensure that a balance will be struck between the owners, tradition, commerce, and the wellbeing of the animal. The regulations were drawn up through conversations with NGOs, the
The MATSEC examination board has launched a consultation process on a reform that it intends to implement as from 2020. One of the most controversial changes that have been proposed is the idea to have post-secondary students studying one of four foreign languages at either A-level, intermediary or a new proficiency level which will focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Economy Minister Chris Cardona extended Dragonara Casino’s land lease by 64 years "by stealth" in a deal which will see the public "short-changed," according to an industry operator. Dragonara Gaming Ltd had been given a 10-year extension in 2010 but last week, the extension was extended by another 64 years through a motion put forward by the economy minister and which was approved by both sides of the House.
A crowded highway in suburban Atlanta turned into a lottery payday for dozens of drivers, ABC reports. Drivers pulled over and scrambled out of their vehicles when an armoured truck's door accidentally swung open while driving along Interstate 285 Tuesday evening -- spilling cold, hard cash everywhere. Video shows dozens of drivers pulling over to the side of the road in Dunwoody, Georgia, and dashing for the cash.
Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago on Thursday after he was indicted by a grand jury on 13 federal counts including sex crimes, a U.S. Attorney's office spokesman said. Joseph Fitzpatrick said the R&B singer was taken into custody about 7 p.m.
Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia welcomed the government’s decision to set up a public inquiry into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, saying that the board must include people who are truly independent and impartial. In a statement, Delia said Foreign Minister had promised that the board will be set up within the three-month timeframe imposed by the Council of Europe.
The Tourism Ministry has refused a Freedom of Information filed by The Malta Independent concerning trips Minister Konrad Mizzi had made to Dubai, specifically one that had taken place in August 2015. The request was refused on the grounds that it “does not satisfy the statutory requirements for right of access to official documents nor does it seek access to a document that falls within the legal definition”. Specifically, this newspaper was referred to the “definition of 'document' as set out in Article 2 of Cap 496, to the right granted to 'eligible persons' in terms of Article 3 and to the requirements set out in Article 6”. Apart from the above refusal, no further information was given as to why the FOI request had been rejected. The r.
We all make mistakes and maybe you’ll find one in this story too. But there are some errors that stick out more than others, and they end up on the social media. This photo has been doing the rounds on the social media for the best part of the day. It was taken in Ghar id-Dud Street, Sliema. Well, we do not need to tell you what the mistake is. But someone should tell those who painted that word on the tarmac.
Two men have been charged with a series of thefts from a Bulebel factory. 41 year-old Elvis Falzon from Fgura who works in a family business and Robert Borg, a 46-year old delivery man from Tarxien, were arrested after police spotted them acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the factory which had been the target of a spate of thefts. The pair was charged with a string of thefts of toy products.
The government will be instituting a long called for public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia within the three month timeframe stipulated by the Council of Europe. Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela confirmed as much earlier today when speaking at media freedom event in London during a question and answer session. Abela said at the event, "In that Council of Europe report there is that within three months, we need to have a public inquiry.


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