Malta News Evening Roundup
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Your Evening Roundup, brings you the main news as reported by Malta’s main news portals.

“Two weeks after the accounts at Sata Bank has been frozen no real timeline has been released,” GRTU said in a statment. The Malta Independent reports that “Simple steps to take care of the worries of the investors we have worked so hard to attract such as a customer care system is still completely lacking.”

Three men are under arrest after 870,000 contraband cigarettes were found hidden on a speedboat off St Paul’s Bay early on Thursday. The Times reports that the operation was conducted jointly by the Customs Department and the Armed Forces of Malta and followed several days of observation. Three men from Ħamrun and Marsa, aged between 24 and 29, were found on the speedboat and are expected to be taken to court.

The Airline Pilots Association said yesterday’s issue with regard to a delayed flight is only a result of a management by crisis. The Malta Independent quotes the union as referring to Air Malta’s press release wherein KM560/1 from Malta to Moscow on Tuesday evening was delayed by 10 hours 30 minutes. Air Malta inexplicably found it convenient to blame this outright on pilot sickness, ALPA said.

The warder who allegedly abused a minor has been suspended. TVM reports a statement, the Interior Ministry said that the alleged abuse case is considered with great seriousness.

Net News reports that Manfred Weber has been elected candidate for the European Popular Party (EPP) for the  Presidency of the European Commission.

Judge Antonio Mizzi will no longer be hearing the Panama Papers case after he adjourned the hearing to after his retirement date. MaltaToday reports that in a tense sitting this morning, Mizzi, presiding the Criminal Court told assembled lawyers that he didn’t think that a case of this importance should be dealt with in the three days until his retirement. “Forum shopping is a big mistake, because you know where you start but not where you end,” said the judge, visibly annoyed. “Had we not amended laws piecemeal, this would not have happened.” “I’m not here to take sides. I never took sides, I couldn’t be bothered about political parties. I have always done my duty without fear or favour. It hurt and angered me when shadows were cast upon me. But that’s enough.”

The European Commission has indicated that Malta will be witnessing an increase in the salaries, of around three times what they are today, according to One News .

The European Commission has demanded that the Maltese authorities step up supervision of banks in its jurisdiction through a formal opinion delivered on Thursday. In a statement, the Commission said it had adopted an opinion requiring the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) to continue taking additional measures to fully comply with its obligations under the fourth anti-money laundering directive.

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