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Yorgen Fenech denied bail due to concerns of escape & other crimes

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Yorgen Fenech denied bail due to concerns of escape & other crimes

Judge Giovanni Grixti has denied Yorgen Fenech’s bail request due to lasting concerns of Fenech fleeing the country or committing other crimes if it had to be accepted.

Fenech’s legal team submitted the most recent bail request on Monday, insisting that there was no fear of tampering of evidence or escape attempts and also highlighting a legal provision holding that the accused must be released on bail if proceedings take over 20 months.

Grixti replied to to the latter by outlining that the Attorney General correctly stated that the 20-month period did not pass since the clock stops every time the case is with the Attorney General, pointing to Article 575 of the Criminal Code.

Earlier today, it was revealed that the Judge had bought a 50-foot yacht from Fenech’s father back in 2008.

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Students will not have to apply for stipend every year anymore

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Students will not have to apply for stipend every year anymore

The Ministry for Education has published a statement highlighting certain changes which will be made regarding students’ application for stipends.

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Posted by Edukazzjoni on Wednesday, 18 August 2021

While students have had to apply every for stipend, going forward they will only have to apply during the first year of their studies. Furthermore, students reading for a Bachelors in Science, Medical Sciences or going on to their third year of a Medical Doctorate will receive a maintenance grant.

Students who are not Maltese or not citizens of the European Union will also be able to apply for a maintenance grant.

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€2.5 million worth of drugs seized in Malta’s largest drug haul of 2021

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€2.5 million worth of drugs seized in Malta's largest drug haul of 2021

The Malta Police Force’s Drug Squad together with the Rapid Intervention Unit (RIU) seized 136 kilograms worth of drugs valued at €2.5 million during an operation conducted in Burmarrad on Thursday.

The Police arrested four men after days of surveillance which lead to what is the biggest drug seizure conducted by the police for this year.

The drugs were hidden in a significant amount of tins used for olives and bags, with the arrested men being a 30-year-old from San Gwann, a 26-year-old from Hamrun, a 26-year-old from Pembroke and a 43-year-old Briton.

The police also seized amounts of cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamine, a gun, ammunition and a substantial amount of money in banknotes. Duty magistrate Monica Vella will hold the inquiry while the men will be taken to court later today facing charges related to drug trafficking and illegal possession of drugs.

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Medical associations correct Jean Karl Soler’s controversial COVID-19 claims

 - COVID-19 - Aug 19 SHARE ON:

The Malta College of Pathologists has issued a statement addressing doctor Jean Karl Soler’s “incorrect or misleading assertions” in a recent interview with the Times of Malta.

The autonomous body stated that medical practitioners must maintain their obligation to provide objective and evidence-based information in light of Soler’s controversial COVID-19 claims.

Amongst other statements, the doctor had questioned the validity of lockdowns and the vaccination of children and also claimed that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people have the same risk of spreading COVID-19.

A total of fifteen medical associations have come together so far to refute the controversial claims being made by Soler, who has stated that he will remain adamant on his position.

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