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Mallia not seeking prison term for Borg Olivier, but wants retraction

Manuel Mallia

Manuel Mallia

Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia will not withdraw criminal libel proceedings against Paul Borg Olivier but will no longer insist that the PN’s general secretary be jailed if convicted.

Dr Mallia had initially said he would seek Dr Borg Olivier’s imprisonment over allegations that attempted to link him to the Enemalta oil scandal due to legal services he gave the Farrugia family.

Asked whether he would pursue the case following his appointment as minister, Dr Mallia’s spokesman said that Dr Borg Olivier has refused to apologise or withdraw his “blatantly untrue” and “malicious” allegations.

“It is important that the truth be allowed to come out fully, and unless this is done by a retraction from Dr Borg Olivier, then the protection of the law and the courts will continue to be sought,” the spokesman said.

Full story in The Times.

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