These are the main news from Malta’s news portals.
Net News reports that Opposition leader Adrian Delia has presented an application before the Constitutional Court seeking a complete copy of the Egrant inquiry report. The Times reports that Dr Delia said the report should be presented to the opposition so that it could fulfil its constitutional function, and in the interests of freedom of expression because expression had to be based on correct information. iNews, One News and MaltaToday also report that the Nationalist Party media chief was questioned by police on Tuesday, however Delia has said that so far it appeared that Portelli was providing information
MaltaToday, Newsbook and ILLUM reports that the family of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is calling for a full public inquiry into her murder and is prepared to go to court on the matter. Paul Caruana Galizia, one of the journalist’s three sons, told BBC the family wanted to know whether Daphne’s life could have been saved.Lawyers for the Caruana Galizia family will be presenting a 24-page legal opinion to Malta’s High Commission in London calling for a full public inquiry into the journalist’s murder.
TVM reports that today saw the start of the compilation of evidence against two Sicilians and a Maltese facing charges, among other issues, of drug trafficking. Giving evidence, Anti-drug Squad Inspector Kevin Pulis stated that he had received information that there could be a consignment of melons which included drugs at the transport company warehouse in Ta’ Qali. One also reports the story as its main story.
The Times reports that prosecuting officers in the case of a man charged with killing a Dutch woman in Santa Venera a week ago will allege he did so because of “jealousy”, sources close to the police said. The compilation of evidence against Jelle Rijpma, 22, of the Netherlands, is expected to start on Friday in the Magistrate’s Court.
The Malta Independent reports that the son of an elderly mother who was mugged by an unknown perpetrator and had her purse containing €8 stolen has pleaded on Facebook for a better police presence. “Last night my 80 year old mum was savagely mugged some 150 metres away from her summer residence in Qawra,” Pierre Cassar, who is also the director, marketing and communications, of the University of Malta, wrote on Facebook. TVM also reports the story.
MaltaToday reports that by the end of June this year, the stock of licensed motor vehicles stood at 379,338, figures out today show. During the first six months of the year, the National Statistics Office said an average of 47 new vehicles a day were added to Malta’s roads.
Lovin’ Malta reports that a couple who accused a man of trying to kidnap and sexually assault their son has hit back at TVM after the national broadcaster ran a story saying police had dismissed the accusations as being fabricated.
Newsbook reports that air temperature for the month ranged between 20.2˚C and 35.7˚C. Average sea temperature was 0.9˚C higher than the norm. The brightest July day enjoyed almost 14 hours of sunshine.