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Caruana Galizia’s assassination, political forces want full justice

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Maltàs Labour government and the Nationalist Opposition are insisting on the need that truth and full justice must prevail following yesterday’s unexpected turn in court during the trial of the Degiorgio brothers as half way through the first day of their trial, they pleaded guilty to their involvement in the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. George and Alfred Degiorgio were sentenced to 40 years in prison each. Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb on 16 October 2017. After the judge walked out from the courtroom, George Degiorgio turned round on Caruana Galiziàs family asking: may I address you? While he got a firm no, he said “all I wanted to do is apologise.” Then, his brother, Alfred Degiorgio stood up and stressed that they wanted to apologise, and added whoever wants to know, we can tell the truth from beginning to end.
Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela described the 40-year prison sentence as “an important step forward, to deliver justice in a case that represents a dark chapter in Maltàs history.” In a statement, Robert Abela added, “there are now three individuals found guilty of this homicide who have been condemned to imprisonment. Another three individuals are awaiting trial.” While reiterating the government’s commitment to deliver full justice to the Caruana Galizia family, and to the Maltese people, Abela expressed his appreciation to all the authorities “who have already worked hard and who will continue to work on this case.” The Maltese Premier declared that the government will continue to support the authorities as they carry out their duties and will continue implementing important reforms to strengthen further the rule of law principles and democracy in Malta.
Opposition leader Bernard Grech said developments in court on Friday were another step towards justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia. “We have to continue striving for truth and justice to prevail,” said Grech, adding that only this can help heal the nation.
Speaking outside the court on Friday evening, the son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Matthew said “I’m relieved that they have been convicted and sentenced. Now it’s about the remaining cases,” in reference to the impending trials of alleged mastermind Yorgen Fenech and the two men who allegedly provided the bomb that killed his mother.
Anti-corruption NGO Repubblika said that the admission by two men of their involvement in the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is only a small step towards full justice.

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Caruana Galizia’s killing, Degiorgio brothers condemned to 40 years

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – In unexpected turn on the first day of the trial by jury, the two brothers accused with the killing of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia five years ago, have admitted to all the accusations.
Alfred, 57 and George Degiorgio, 59 – were sentenced to 40 years each in prison following a plea deal reached between the defence lawyers and the proscution. The Magistrate also ordered them to pay 43,000 euros in expenses within three years, and ordered that the equivalent of around 50,000 euros each in crimnal proceedings to be confiscated.
The son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Paul, in his first reaction described the admission of the Degiorgio brothers as “a break in the clouds”.
Following this morning’s proceedings, the two brothers have informed their legal representatives about their admission in exchange for a more lenient sentence, and to avoid life imprisonment.
During the morning session, the Prosecution gave a detailed account about the movements of the burner phones used by the accused and how these phones were in connection with their mobile phones which triggered the car explosion that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia. Following this information, the accused spoke to their legal representatives who later informed the Prosecution about the decision taken by the two brothers.
The judge has ordered a psychiatrist to confirm they can plea guilty, and a joint application was signed by all parties. A psychiatrist and a medicolegal expert assessed the accused.
Alfred and George Degiorgio were among 10 people arrested two months after the killing of Caruana Galizia. They were found in a hideout in Marsa during a raid by special forces.
Vince Muscat was the first accused who had admitted his involvement in the assassination and is serving a sentence of 15 years in prison.
Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech, who is charged with association in the murder, is undergoing proceedings in Court.
Robert Agius and Jamie Vella are accused of having provided the bomb that killed Caruana Galizia. They are held under arrest at the Correctional Facility in Kordin.
The President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola said that today’s development “is not justice, it’s a small step”. On Facebook, she remarkes that it’s been half-a-decade of agony for Daphnès family and for Malta. “Daphne still cannot write her blog, enjoy her children and grandchildren, potter in her garden or be with her loved ones. Now for those who ordered and paid for it, those who protected them and those who spent years doing everything imaginable to try to cover it up”.

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Caruana Galizia’s killing, Degiorgio brothers condemned to 40 years

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – In unexpected turn on the first day of the trial by jury, the two brothers accused with the killing of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia five years ago, have admitted to all the accusations.
Alfred, 57 and George Degiorgio, 59 – were sentenced to 40 years each in prison following a plea deal reached between the defence lawyers and the proscution. The Magistrate also ordered them to pay 43,000 euros in expenses within three years, and ordered that the equivalent of around 50,000 euros each in crimnal proceedings to be confiscated.
The son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Paul, in his first reaction described the admission of the Degiorgio brothers as “a break in the clouds”.
Following this morning’s proceedings, the two brothers have informed their legal representatives about their admission in exchange for a more lenient sentence, and to avoid life imprisonment.
During the morning session, the Prosecution gave a detailed account about the movements of the burner phones used by the accused and how these phones were in connection with their mobile phones which triggered the car explosion that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia. Following this information, the accused spoke to their legal representatives who later informed the Prosecution about the decision taken by the two brothers.
The judge has ordered a psychiatrist to confirm they can plea guilty, and a joint application was signed by all parties. A psychiatrist and a medicolegal expert assessed the accused.
Alfred and George Degiorgio were among 10 people arrested two months after the killing of Caruana Galizia. They were found in a hideout in Marsa during a raid by special forces.
Vince Muscat was the first accused who had admitted his involvement in the assassination and is serving a sentence of 15 years in prison.
Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech, who is charged with association in the murder, is undergoing proceedings in Court.
Robert Agius and Jamie Vella are accused of having provided the bomb that killed Caruana Galizia. They are held under arrest at the Correctional Facility in Kordin.
The President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola said that today’s development “is not justice, it’s a small step”. On Facebook, she remarkes that it’s been half-a-decade of agony for Daphnès family and for Malta. “Daphne still cannot write her blog, enjoy her children and grandchildren, potter in her garden or be with her loved ones. Now for those who ordered and paid for it, those who protected them and those who spent years doing everything imaginable to try to cover it up”.

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Malta, government encourages vaccination against influenza and Covid-19

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The Maltese health authorties are encourging those over 55 years and those considered as vulnerable to take both the influenza and the Omicron booster vaccine as this year’s strain of influenza is expected to be harsher. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health Chris Fearne added that the vaccination programme will start on October, 17 and this will be offered annually. He said that individuals with chronic illnesses, pregnant women, persons living in institutions, healthcare workers, and children aged between 6 months and 5 years will be given priority during the first two weeks. The vaccination programme will be made available free-of-charge for all on Monday 31 October. Minister Fearne confirmed that the Omicron variant is currently affecting the Maltese population. So far, four patients are receiving treatment due to COVID-19, altough there are no persons at the intensive care unit. Malta has registered over 115,000 positive casesa and 806 deaths due to COVID-19. He appealed to the public to take all the necessary mitigation measures, which he said are recommended despite not being enforced by law. These include the washing of hands frequently, staying at home when sick and avoiding closed public spaces when sick.
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Malta, Maria Falcone present in commemoration Daphne Caruana Galizia

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Maria Falcone, sister of slain judge Giovanni Falcone, will be in Malta on an invitation of the non-governmental organisation Repubblika to participate in the commemorative activities to mark the fifth anniversary since the assasination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Maria Falcone will join the activities which will be held on 16 October, to mark the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia that will include a vigil in Great Siege Square in Valletta, where she will make a speech.
Falcone, a law professor, is the sister of Giovanni, an Italian judge who was assassinated by the mafia in Capaci, Sicily on 23 May 1992. Over the past 30 years, Maria Falcone has worked on promoting a culture of justice against the mafia both in Italy and internationally. In 1992, she founded Fondazione Falcone which is recognized by the United Nations for its valuable social and civic contribution.
Fondazione Falcone and Repubblika will also be co-hosting a seminar on 15 October 2022 at the university campus in Valletta to discuss the challenge of having public institutions which work within a framework of rules that encourage behaviour of public officials where their integrity is never questioned.
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Malta, Mangia reported to the police over alleged sexual misconduct

LA VALLETTA (MALTA/MNA) (ITALPRESS) – The Malta Football Association declared this afternoon that the national team head coach Devis Mangia has been reported to the police over alleged sexual misconduct. Mangia was temporary relieved of his official duties last week after a national team football player reported him over alleged sexual misconduct. The Italian coach has denied the accusations. A second national team player later made similar allegations. Mangia was seen leaving to Italy last week, however, MFA president Bjorn Vassallo clarified that the national team head coach did not escape to Italy but was making use of his pre- booked leave. Last week, the Malta Football Association convened for an urgent meeting during which the executive board endorsed the decision on his temporary suspension and the matter was referred to the Association’s Safeguarding Board to investigate.
In a statement issued on Monday afternoon, the Malta Football Association confirmed that it reported the allegations to the police. The MFA said it is “actively” and “constantly” evaluating all developments in relation to the case. “Although, this case still revolves around allegations, the seriousness of the claims makes it imperative for the Association to seek guidance from both FIFA and UEFA, adopting the same approach used in cases related to integrity issues in international football,” the association added. The statement came after NET News reported an interview which appeared first in Romanian media, after the mother of Razvan Popa told GSP LIVE that her son was sexually harassed by Mangia when he was coaching League 1 at Craiova University.
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Malta and Cyprus exempted from EU Commission on electricty consumption

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The European Commission approved a derogation in favour of Malta to maintain the production of electricity to its current level. Therefore, the Maltese authorities will not be reducing the consumption of electricty as being forced by the EU Commission on the rest of the EU states.
Malta and Cyprus managed to convince the European Commission because of their particular geographic position, cut off from mainland Europès energy markets, with only Malta is linked with an undersea interconnector connected with Sicily.
Maltàs Energy Minister Miriam Dalli declared that the Commission appreciated Maltàs great dependence on electricity and there will not be a 10% reduction as applied to other Member States. In other EU countries it means consumers will have to decrease their use of electricity.
Minister Dalli said the Maltese Government will continue working on discussions with the EU Commission to implement new energy initiatives and to control the price of gas throughout the EU while not being dependent on the use of Russian gas.
This is the third derogation obtained by the Maltese government since last August when the Energy Council said the mandatory 15% reduction of gas consumption does not apply to Malta and last year another derogation was negotiated so that the gas pipeline from Malta to Sicily qualifies as a project of common interest.

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Osce proposes recommendations to enhance Malta’s political integrity

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe is proposing several measures to the Maltese authorities which will provide more integrity and political transparency by public officials.
The proposals were made public during the presenation of the fourth report published by OECD aimed at strengthening standards of public life and provide greater Government transparency in Malta. The report was jointly prepared together with Commissioner for Public Standard George Hyzler.
The OSCE is suggesting among other recommendations a change in the Code of Ethics for Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries as well as all Members of Parliament.
It is also proposing that the Maltese Members of Parliament should not have secondary employment with Government.
Another proposal is the setting up of a register in which all Members of Parliaments will declare all gifts, benefits and donations given to them and their relatives, and even those that are not accepted. The OSCE is also recommending that the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life should decide whether the gifts should be accepted, or not and that there should be a limit on the value of gifts.
Carissa Munro, Policy Analyst with OECD also said, “we are recommending that the Government adopt a Law on the regulation of lobbying, that it focuses on the issue of transparency, both who is lobbying who, on what issues and also that incorporates issues of integrity so that public officials will know what it means to uphold integrity standards when they engage with lobbyists and third parties”.
Munro added that Malta faces the further issue of being a small country and its Parliament operates part-time, hence the reasons for the proposals.
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Mangia breaks the silence “Unfounded and false news”

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Late on Wednesday evening, in a statement to the media through his lawyers, coach Devis Mangia denied the allegations against him. “In light of the reports in the national media, it is my duty to specify that I have never carried out, neither now nor in the past, conduct that damages personal or sexual dignity towards any player or a member of the Federation”. Mangia also stated that “contrary to the reports in the media, these types of behavior were never contested against me by the Federation. These are just unfounded and fake news, which seriously damage my personal dignity and professional reputation”.
In view of this, Mangia and his legal team warned against “the publication of more stories and rumours” while reserving the right to proceed legally against what he referred to as defamatory conduct. Mangia also said that from now on, after clarifying his position through this statement, every other communication will be made in agreement with the MFA, “with respect to the correctness of the professional report between the -both parts.”
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Malta, another player accuses Mangia

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Following the win of the Maltese national football team against Israel in Ta ‘Qali last night, the Italian coach Davide Mazzotta said that “the Maltese players have dedicated this victory to Mister Mangia”. Hours before the friendly match between Malta and Israel which Malta won 2-1, the Malta Football Association announced that coach Devis Mangia had been temporarily suspended as head coach of the national teams following a report received on a alleged violation of its policies. According to the local media, Mangia was called to respond to allegations of “sexual harassment” against a player of the Maltese national team. According to the Maltese Federation, Mangia has declared his willingness to cooperate during the investigation to establish the facts. Mazzotta also stated that he does not know what will happen in the next days but NET News is reporting that it can confirm that in the last few hours another football player has come forward who is alleging abusive behavior on the part of the national coach Devis Mangia.

So far the name of this second national player is also still unknown, although it seems that the case is very similar in nature to what was revealed yesterday. According to NET News, the first case which was made public yesterday, seems to have happened more than a year ago and allegedly there are recordings that are evidence of what happened. The first player who had the courage to expose with the relevant authorities what he went through, was part of the Maltese contingent in Estonia last Friday. The Malta Football Association received a report on the alleged sexual misconduct by the national football coach Mangia last Sunday. Now, he has two cases brought forward against him by Maltese national football players. The police in Malta is also investigating the recorded evidence that alleges Mangias sexual harassment while the latest developments were discussed on Wednesday evening by the Executive Board of the Malta Football Association. The meeting was very cordial, during which it was decided that there would be a period of three weeks when the Executive Committee is expected to receive the recommendations on what action should be taken. In the meantime, Devis Mangia, will remain suspended while receiving half of his salary.
During the Executive meeting held this evening, the President of the Malta Football Association Bjorn Vassallo gave a detailed explanation about the due diligence that was done before Devis Mangia was hired as coach of the Maltese national team. The due diligence included meetings that Vassallo had personally with Mangia’s international contacts including very high officials employed by Coverciano and the FIGC in Italy, as well as within the Romanian Football Association.
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