Malta’s news highlights as reported by Malta’s main news portals.
UPDATE: One of Nexia BT partners Karl Cini was interrogated by the police for several hours on Thursday. Cini was seen emerging from the police depot with his lawyer Stephen Tonna Lowell at around 18:30 after reportedly being inside the depot from early afternoon. The Malta Independent
The Ministry for Finance has welcomed the latest credit opinion by Moody’s Investor Service that affirmed an A3 Rating for Malta with a positive outlook. The Malta Independent. One also gives priority to this news.
The Times reports that Department of Information did not take kindly a statement made by Parliamentary Secretary for Active Ageing Anthony Agius Decelis that details of a massive direct order published in The Malta Government Gazette had been “a mistake by the management which publishes the gazette”. A spokesman for the Department of Information, which falls under the direct political responsibility of the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday denied that there had been a mistake on their part.
Simon Schembri, the policeman who sustained horrific injuries after being mowed down by a motorist last May took the witness stand in court on Thursday.
These are how the main portals reported the story:
TimesofMalta : ‘My body felt as though it was melting away’: mowed-down policeman’s dramatic testimony
The Malta Independent : ‘It felt worse than being set on fire’ Simon Schembri describes incident where he was dragged by car
Malta Today : Simon Schembri recounts ordeal: ‘I knew that if I stopped breathing… I’d be dead’
In another story from the courts we read that brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, who stand accused of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, have been receiving social security benefits for years, despite living a lavish lifestyle, a court heard on Thursday. TimesofMalta, The Malta Independent
TVM reports that the Captain of MV Lifeline, Claus Peter Reisch, this morning was seen walking down Republic Street, followed by people carrying a coffin on which there was the EU flag.
The former managing director and vice chairman of a Swiss bank pleaded guilty on Wednesday for his role in a billion-dollar international scheme to launder funds embezzled from Venezuelan state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA). €511 million of those funds were allegedly laundered through Malta, according to US investigators. They also allege a Malta-based investment firm, Portmann International made upwards of €20 million in fees, at a four per cent rate, for laundering the funds, which have been linked to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, which the Independent had revealed.
MaltaToday reports BirdLife Malta has raised concerns about plans for a massive firework to be let off from a location in the sea between Filfla and iz-Zurrieq. The firework, known as the ‘shell of shells’, was originally meant to be let off during the Valletta Pageant of the Seas festival in the Grand Harbour back in June, but was postponed due to unfavourable weather conditions.
NetNews reports that a number of police from various sections could be seen in Marsa as of recent. It also reports that residents are expected to do a protest in view of the migrants problem.