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  • Clothes firm managers charged with trafficking

    The managing director and a senior manager of Chinese company Leisure Clothing were yesterday charged with human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation. The development comes three days after workers told another court how they had...

  • Editor fined over ex-EU envoy libel

    Editor fined over ex-EU envoy libel

    The editor of Labour’s weekly newspaper Kullħadd has been fined €250 for defaming Richard Cachia Caruana, Malta’s ex-permanent representative to the EU. Mr Cachia Caruana initiated criminal libel proceedings against editor Felix Agius over an...

  • Old woman identifies alleged Qormi robber

    An elderly woman identified a man who is being accused of attempting theft and causing grievous injuries to her, a court heard yesterday. Police Inspector Daniel Zammit testified in the man’s trial that the woman could recognise the suspect...

  • Man denies trapping room arson bid

    A man was yesterday charged with trying to torch his brother’s trapping room, killing a number of birds in the process. Thomas Spagnol, 42, from Żabbar, has pleaded not guilty to attempted arson on November 10 at the field the pair own in...

  • Abuse claim priest is seen outside court

    Abuse claim priest is seen outside court

    The Dominican friar facing sex abuse charges yesterday made his first public appearance since the allegations were revealed last month. Fr Charles Fenech showed up in court for a separate criminal defamation case before Magistrate Francesco...

  • Parties in spat over debt level

    The debt became the latest political battleground as the government and the Opposition contradicted each other on whether the 70 per cent mark this year is a record. The Opposition expressed concern that the debt would, for the first time since...

  • Beetle sparks ban on bees

    The importation of bees from the south of Italy and Sicily has been banned after a beetle attack in these areas. The ban was imposed by the Maltese Plant Health Directorate because of the presence of the Small Hive Beetle, which “poses a serious...

  • Justice boost

    A newly set up Justice Department will help reduce pressure from the law courts, which will be able to focus more on the administration of cases. The department will be administered by the Director General responsible for Justice, Natalino Attard,...

  • Warning signs outrage car parking attendants

    Warning signs outrage car parking attendants

    Sliema car park attendants are outraged at the new street signs informing motorists that payment is not mandatory in public parking areas. “The government wants to starve us. They’re being way too hard on us, just like they were with hunters. I...

  • No hold-up over reports, says Mallia

    No hold-up over reports, says Mallia

    The eventual publication of the findings of an inquiry into the former police commissioner’s conduct will end speculation that it is purposely being withheld, according to the Home Affairs Minister. The inquiry, finalised five months ago, was...

  • ‘More jobs needed for new graduates’

    ‘More jobs needed for new graduates’

    An effective framework to support the increasing number of postgraduates through jobs suitable for their specialisation was needed, a university student who graduated yesterday said. Jeffrey Micallef, who graduated in ICT, pointed out that...

  • Plunge in number of out-of-stock medicines

    The number of out-of-stock medicines at Mater Dei Hospital fell to 32 this month from 204 in August 2013, the Secretariat for Health said. There are also only four unavailable medicines through the Pharmacy of Your Choice Scheme, POYC, from the...

  • ‘No proper handover for oil scandal investigation’

    ‘No proper handover for oil scandal investigation’

    Former police commissioner John Rizzo told the House Public Accounts Committee yesterday he did not have the chance to give a proper handover to the commissioner who replaced him, Peter Paul Zammit, when he relinquished his post in May last...

  • Courageous Spiteri always told me the truth – Muscat

    Courageous Spiteri always told me the truth – Muscat

    Former Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami had offered former Labour Finance Minister Lino Spiteri a place on the European Court of Auditors, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil revealed yesterday. Dr Busuttil was speaking in Parliament when the House...

  • No proper handover of oil procurement investigation was made - former Police Commissioner

    No proper handover of oil procurement investigation was made - former Police Commissioner

    Former Police Commissioner John Rizzo said this evening he did not have time to give his successor Peter Paul Zammit a proper handover about the oil procurement case after he was removed from his post. He was replying to questions from members of...

  • House pays tribute to Lino Spiteri

    House pays tribute to Lino Spiteri

    The House of Representatives this evening paid tribute to the late Lino Spiteri, who passed away on Friday, and expressed condolences with his families. Mr Spiteri served in Parliament as an MP for 21 years, six of them in cabinet. Prime Minister...

  • One case of scabies at St Paul's Bay school

    One case of scabies at St Paul's Bay school

    There was one case of scabies at the St Paul’s Bay Primary School in the past days and all necessary steps were taken by the health authorities, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said. Replying to a parliamentary question by Nationalist MP Censu...

  • Leisure Clothing directors deny human trafficking charges

    Leisure Clothing directors deny human trafficking charges

    The managing and marketing directors of Leisure Clothing Limited have been remanded in custody this afternoon after pleading not guilty to several charges of human trafficking for labour exploitation of at least nine employees.  Bin Han, 46, from...

  • Man denies attempting to set fire to brother's trapping room

    Man denies attempting to set fire to brother's trapping room

    A man today denied attempting to set fire to his brother's trapping room, killing a number of birds in the process, following an altercation between the two. Thomas Spagnol, 42, from Zabbar, is pleading not guilty to the attempted arson on the...

  • Malta condemns Jerusalem violence

    Malta condemns Jerusalem violence

    Malta has strongly condemned the latest attack of violence and unnecessary deaths, injuries and sufferings at a Jerusalem synagogue yesterday. In a statement, the government said that while reiterating its total condemnation for all events of...