Court proceedings start of cases against traffic police officers regarding alleged extra duty abuses
Court proceedings have started in the cases against traffic police officers in connection with the alleged abuses of thousands of euro paid for extra duties, while allegedly being worked during their normal working hours. A former Superintendent, two Inspectors and two Sergeants appeared in court for the first hearing. The five officers are accused with receiving some €44,000 in payments.
During the arraignment before Magistrate Audrey Demicoli, Assistant Commissioner Ian Abdilla accused former Superintendent Walter Spiteri of being paid €17,000 by Transport Malta and Infrastructure Malta between September 2018 and last November. He said that the amount was supposedly paid for extra work that Mr Spiteri did in connection with the Marsa Junction project works, when in fact it was established that he was at home or at another place. Mr Spiteri denied the accusations. The Court was informed that Mr Spiteri paid back the money.
Another witness was Inspector Bernard Bunce who said that during investigations, Whatsapp messages were found between various Police officers who agreed between them to work the extra hours during their normal working hours. He added that a female Police sergeant was receiving payments for extra duty at Marsa when she did not even drive a motorcycle.
In the second case, Inspector Nikolai Sant pleaded not guilty to the charges. Superintendent Jesmond Borg testified that investigations showed that Inspector Sant was paid for extra duties while he was on duty. He was allegedly paid €12,700, which were paid back before charges against him were issued. Another accused, Inspector Pier Guido Saliba who also denied the charges, was accused of receiving €17,200 for extra duties during his normal working hours.
Two police sergeants also appeared in Court. Clayton Frendo was accused of receiving €6,000 in extra duties abuses. The money was also paid back. Sergeant Angelo Briffa was accused of receiving €8,000 which were also paid back. Both denied the charges. Inspector Doriette Cuschieri from the Economic Crimes Section said that investigations showed that the motorcycle was not even switched on while extra duty was supposed to be done.