These are the main stories from Malta.
Italian authorities detained twelve people suspected of laundering some €75 million. The Malta Independent says that around half of the money was passed through other countries, including Malta.
A businessman accused of ordering the killing of Slovak Journalist Jan Kuciak was once a director of a Malta-based company. The Timesreports that Marian Kocner, involved in property development and investment, was director International Investment Holdings until 2016, when the company was struck off the MFSA register.
Figures by the National Statistics Office reveal that some 87,000 students visited Malta to learn English during 2018. TVM says that Italy, Germany, and France are the biggest markets, with a combined share of more than 48 percent.
The Shift News reports on an interview by CNBC with Finance Minister Edward Scicluna who played down the risks linked to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The US government expressed concern after Italy showed interested to join the project.
Partit Demokratiku is demanding a referendum on the proposed Gozo-Malta tunnel which, it says, is being promoted by business interests.LovinMalta says PD is suggesting holding the referendum on May 25, to coincide with the MEP and local council elections.
Two Maltese men and six Colombian women were arraigned in Court after a raid on a brothel in Sliema. MaltaToday quotes the prosecution that the men transferred the lease of the property to the women when they suspected the police were closing in.
Net News reports on an inmate who was found in his cell at the Corradino Correctional Facility. PN MP Beppe Fenech Adami says the second case in the space of a few weeks contradicts the government’s ‘PR exercise’ about the prison reform.
A 26-year-old man stands accused in Court of raping his teenage girlfriend. One News says that the magistrate Audrey Demicoli denied a request for bail fearing tampering with evidence.
Newsbook reports on a boat that has been spotted sinking in Kalkara this afternoon. The portal says the police are investigating the incident to establish its owners.