64-year-old Philip Grech of Zebbug, a retired Customs officer, has been interdicted and ordered to carry out community service after accepting to be bribed and accepting a sugary drink.
Grech admitted to accepting to be bribed by a Libyan man in return for allowing the latter to enter a restricted area in the merchandise section at the airport.
In 2016 the Prosecution, at the time conducted by Inspector Jonathan Ferris, had stated before the Magistrate that on 5 September 2013 a Libyan man had been observed entering a restricted area and taking a number of boxes, without being intercepted by Customs officers.
The Customs officer had stated the Libyan was taking twelve boxes from the trolley, but only eleven boxes were seen on camera. The missing box was found in accused’s office after a search had been carried out. He had stated that this drink was consumed by Muslims during Ramadan, and he had been given the box in payment for allowing the Libyan to enter the restricted area.
In its decision the Court, Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech presiding, declared that it was taking into consideration the charges, the late admission, and the fact that the case goes back to 2013. The Court found accused guilty and sentenced him to 65 hours of community service and to a perpetual general interdiction. Accused was also ordered to pay costs amounting to 742 euro.
Lawyer Stefano Filletti appeared for the accused.