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Jean Paul Sofia’s mother urges MPs for public inquiry outside parliament

Jean Paul Sofia's mother urges MPs for public inquiry outside parliament
Apr 18 2023 Share

Isabelle Bonnici awaited MPs yesterday outside parliament to call for a public inquiry into the death of her son, Jean Paul Sofia. 

The 20 year old tragically died in December when the Corradino building he was working in collapsed during roofing works. The inquiry into his death was not made public, prompting various groups and individuals to call for this to be made so.

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Yesterday, Sofia’s mother handed MPs a letter pleading for the publicising of the inquiry as well as a memorial card of her son. 

She got a chance to talk with various MPs, including Prime Minister Robert Abela and Opposition Leader Bernard Grech. 

The latter addressed Bonnici’s pleas at the end of Question Time in parliament, and urged for the holding of a debate on the issue. After the sitting was suspended to consider a ruling, the sitting was reconvened but the request by Grech rejected. 

The Prime Minister himself has also been calling for the quickening of the magisterial inquiry, insisting that a public inquiry is not necessary, despite backlash by many on this point. \

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Spring hunting for turtle dove green lit: court lifts injunction

Spring hunting for turtle dove green lit: court lifts injunction
Apr 17 2023 Share

The green light has been granted for the spring hunting season for turtle doves after a request by Birdlife Malta to stop it from going forward. 

The injunction was revoked by Judge Giovanni Grixti and has thus opened up the hunting season for quail and turtle dove birds. 

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The application for a warrant of prohibitory injunction was filed on April 3rd by Birdlife against the Environment Minister, the Gozo Minister, their Permanent Secretaries and the State Advocate. 

The application was filed due to the turtle dove being considered a vulnerable species by the EU. The government can now officially issue a legal notice setting out the hunting season’s time span. 

The lifting was celebrated by the Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK), going on to wish a good hunting season for all its members. 

On his part, Lucas Micallef took to social media to say that ‘after so many tortures and vindications by a small group of people, the court accepted the arguments of the government so that it would be possible to hunt for turtle doves.’

Micallef called on BirdLife Malta to sit with them if they truly love nature. ‘Stop causing damage, in Malta and abroad, and together we will work for Malta and Gozo’s natural environments.’

BirdLife Malta are yet to issue an official reaction. 

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Dog breeder attacked by his own pitbulls in Msida

Dog breeder attacked by his own pitbulls in Msida
Apr 17 2023 Share

Times of Malta reported how a dog breeder, whose grandmother was killed in 2020 by his own pit-bulls, was attacked by his own dogs on Monday morning. 

 

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Andre Galea was hospitalised after being attacked outside his residence on Antonio Sciortino Street in Msida. 

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Witnesses told Times of Malta that at around 0130hrs on Monday, they were alerted to the attack due to Galea’s screams and cries for help. 

One dog, witnesses said, was biting Galea and attacking his hands, face and feet whilst another dog ‘ran around in the street.’ 

Galea had made headlines back in 2020 after his 95 year old grandmother was attacked by two of his own dogs as well. 

Times of Malta revealed that one of the witnesses attempted to open the door for Galea to let him in but other neighbours warned her not to do so as they feared the dogs would attack her. 

Galea protected himself by climbing onto a parked car, with the police arriving within minutes. Animal Welfare restrained the attacking dog, waiting for a vet to bring a sedative. Both dogs were reportedly in custody by 0345hrs. 

Galea himself also stands accused of involuntary homicide of his grandmother Inez. He was cleared of animal cruelty in separate proceedings after wounds on the dogs were suspected to be sustained during dog fights.

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Malta Police arrest Ghanaian man for alleged synthetic drug and cannabis trafficking

Apr 17 2023 Share

Malta Police arrested a 33-year-old man from Ghana in connection with the alleged trafficking of synthetic drugs and cannabis, according to a press release issued this morning.

The arrest took place yesterday afternoon, at around 16:45 hrs.

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Police officers on patrol noticed the man behaving suspiciously and tried to stop him. However, he ran away, and the officers pursued him.

After a brief chase, the police managed to catch and arrest the man.

A search revealed that he was in possession of several sachets containing substances suspected to be synthetic drugs and cannabis, as well as a sum of money.

The man is being held at the Police Headquarters in Floriana to assist in the investigations.

He is expected to be brought to court in the coming days to face charges related to drug trafficking.

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