These are the salient news from Malta’s news portals.
One.com.mt and Tvm.com.mt follow up on the shooting incident in a foiled robbery attempt in Żabbar on Tuesday. Marcus Calleja from Balzan pleaded not guilty to charges brought against him in court today. The 46-year-old stands accused, among other things, of carrying an unlicensed firearm. Calleja was remanded in custody.
MaltaToday.com.mt and Newsbook.com.mt say that protest group #OccupyJustice filed a police report at the Valletta Police Station this afternoon asking for Minister Konrad Mizzi, Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, and Electrogas director Yorgen Fenech to be investigated. In comments to the press, the group said the revelations about 17 Black are a matter of national concern and they want to remind the police force to carry out its duty.
Independent.com.mt says that Gasan Group, CP Holdings, and Siemens have distanced themselves from 17 Black and told the newspaper that they do not know who the owners of Macbridge, a second company mentioned in the case, are. Electrogas is a consortium comprising Azeri state-company SOCAR, German corporation Siemens, and GEM Holdings – made up of Maltese investors Tumas Group, Gasan Group, and CP Holdings.
Netnews.com.mt says that Economy Minister launched an attack on independent media and journalists after he was faced with questions about 17 Black. The newspaper says the minister’s assistant had just been heard advising Cardona to be gentle with the press.
LovinMalta.com publishes a series of personal stories of sexual harassment the website received after making a public call. The stories tell first-hand experiences of male and female victims ranging from 17 to 43 years.
Timesofmalta.com reports that a man serving a life sentence had his request for a judicial review of a decision taken by the Parole Board turned down. Ben Ali Wahid Ben Hassine was convicted in 1992 of the murder of four people in an 18-day period. He was challenging a 2017 decision by the Parole Board that his detention was still justified.
TheShiftNews.com reports that police in Belgium have raided the premises of Mouscron football club after suspicions of money-laundering activities carried out through a Malta-based financial fund. Israeli Pini Zahavi bought the top-flight club in 2015 for €8.5 million and resold it for €10 to Zahavi’s nephew in 2016.