These are the main Maltese news as reported by local portals.
The Times of Malta leads with a story about a 15-year-old girl who was made to have sex with a 31-year-old restaurant worker after he threatened to publish nude photos and videos of her in a gruesome case of online grooming and child pornography. Mazhar Mushtaq, 31, from Pakistan, living in Qormi was charged on Wednesday with the rape of the 15-year-old girl, forcing her to participate in porn, participating in sexual activities with an underage girl through violence, misuse of telecommunications equipment and producing child pornography.
Maltatoday reports that the Maltese archdiocese has denied reports that a Maltese priest convicted in 2004 in Italy for molesting 17 children and downloading child-porn, is a “full-time priest”.
The Malta Independent reports that every worker will be receiving a tax refund cheque in the coming days, Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna announced in a press conference on Wednesday. Each person will receive this cheque by post by the end of next week, Scicluna said.
Illum reports that gay people will be allowed to donate blood by next February, as health authorities invest in new equipment to screen blood donations and reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections.
TVM reports that a search carried out on a farm in Siggiewi has led to the discovery of over a kilogram of a substance believed to be heroin. The Police also found, hidden inside a vehicle, a white substance believed to be cocaine. The car was being used by a 33-year-old man from Qormi.
NetNews reports that the education infrastructure situation in Malta has changed from one school a year under the PN administration to one proposed school a year under the current administration.
One reports that Lifeline migrants this morning left for Ireland accompanied by UN migration staff. The report says that the PM confirmed in a tweet that all countries, bar one, have kept their pledge
The Times Benna has blamed a shortage of milk on the fact that cows “naturally produce less milk” during the summer months. “In the past few weeks, the supply of raw milk was not meeting the demand,” the company admitted. Benna also said blamed the shortage on the increasing population, saying there has been an increase in demand for local fresh milk and fresh milk products.