Author: Sarah Carabott

On Thursday an inquiry into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia published a 437-page report which concluded that the state should shoulder responsibility for the journalist’s death. This is what the report said about some of the protagonists: Former prime minister Joseph Muscat: “Muscat’s behaviour could, at best, indicate he was in a complete state of self-denial about what was going on in his own Cabinet, and at worse be considered as a weak attempt at extreme misdirecting (depistaggio in extremis) the investigation.  The prime minister’s conduct, the abusive way in which he continued to protect his chief of staff and…

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The family of Daphne Caruana Galizia has welcomed the findings of a public inquiry into her assassination, saying they confirm what the family believed from the moment of the journalist’s murder. In a statement released hours after the inquiry report was published, they said they hoped the findings would restore rule of law to Malta. The inquiry – led by three judges – found that the state should bear responsibility for the October 2017 assassination. Earlier, one of the journalist’s three sons, Paul Caruana Galizia said his mother would have been alive had it not been for the “total collapse…

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Prime Minister Robert Abela has called for nonpartisan analysis of an inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia which held the state responsible for her death. “Lessons must be drawn and the reforms must continue with greater resolve,” he tweeted soon after publishing the 437-page report of the inquiry. The inquiry concluded that the state should be held responsible for the journalist’s 2017 murder. A culture of impunity was created from the highest echelons of power within Castille, it said. In his first reaciton, Abela said the report “merits mature analysis beyond partisan arguments”. Civil society NGO Repubblika also…

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Former Labour MP Bertu Pace has been stripped of Siġġiewi’s highest award which was handed to him earlier this month despite a stalemate by councillors on the matter.   Onorifiċenza Mertu Siġġiewi is granted to citizens for having served the locality or country to the highest order and in an exemplary manner. Earlier this year, three Siġġiewi councillors raised concern over giving the award to Pace, “a person who has been embroiled in controversy”. In 2016, Times of Malta had reported that Pace, consultant to then agriculture parliamentary secretary Roderick Galdes, had been suspended after the police launched an investigation…

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Inland Revenue Commissioner Marvin Gaerty will be called to testify “as soon as possible” in front of a parliamentary committee investigating alleged ethical breaches by PL MP Rosianne Cutajar. The proposal by government members of the committee for standards in public life was on Thursday backed by Speaker Anglu Farrugia, blocking the opposition from calling other witnesses, including Cutajar’s associate Charles Farrugia, known as it-Tikka. The vote came 10 days after the Speaker stormed out of a sitting meant to kick off investigations into claims that Cutajar had received a hefty sum of cash for her part in brokering a…

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Malta’s partial coronavirus lockdown last year might have forced couples to spend more time together but, rather than a resulting baby boom, it had very little impact on births. There were 91 fewer births in the first quarter of this year when compared to last year while the monthly average was slightly less than that of the past five years, according to data provided by the health ministry. Malta closed its ports mid-March last year and went into partial lockdown, with homes turned into classrooms, offices and places of entertainment. Mitigation measures were gradually lifted around summertime. Similarly, people across…

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A bus built to shuttle Royal Navy personnel, and eventually rebuilt as a Maltese route bus for Birkirkara commuters, has returned to her home country after becoming somewhat of a celebrity when it took part in the UK’s 2012 Olympic Games torch relay. Following its short UK stint, MHY 011 nowadays shuttles sightseers and newlyweds across the island. Its previous life – a long career with the public transport sector – ended exactly 10 years ago when, in July 2011, the bulky, dark teal Arriva buses took over Maltese roads. MHY011 in Olympic Games condition in the UK in 2012. Photo:…

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Bernard Grech blamed Prime Minister Robert Abela on Sunday for failing to take the necessary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 this summer. Addressing party supporters on the PN’s radio station, the Opposition leader said that despite a change in tourism minister, Malta had experienced another “failure” in dealing with the pandemic. Earlier in July, Malta was placed on the EU’s red travel list as the number of COVID-19 cases continued to spike. While around two-thirds of daily cases registered in past weeks are non-residents, at least a quarter of the country’s active COVID-19 cases are young students who…

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An electronics manufacturer is segregating its employees in the canteen according to whether they have been jabbed against COVID-19, in a bid to help curb the spread of the virus.  A photo sent to Times of Malta, allegedly put up at Methode Electronics Malta Ltd, instructs unvaccinated employees to keep to the canteen’s “upper area”. Vaccinated people are, meanwhile, allowed only in the “lower area of the canteen”. Asked to confirm whether the signs have been put up at the manufacturer’s premises, and to clarify on what legal basis are people being segregated, a company lawyer said employees were being split…

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A man who added his trash bag to those of his neighbours’, unknowingly leaving it on the pavement outside of collection hours, has been slapped with €650 in fines.  Ivan Malekin woke up on Thursday at 9am, believing he had missed garbage collection by two hours. However, upon seeing piles of trash bags outside his neighbours’ doors, he realised that the garbage truck had not yet passed through his road.  But as soon as he dropped his trash bag outside the Valletta AirBnB where he has been staying for the past two weeks, two plainclothes officers pulled up in a…

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