Current Affairs
Interdicted after being bribed with box of Ramadan drinks

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.

 

Other News
Current Affairs

As a result of enormous land limitations required for solar farms, MCAST in conjunction with the National Council for Science and Technology continues to experiment on solar farms in the…

Current Affairs

The owner of a shop in Mosta is appealing for information when this afternoon, a mobile phone was stolen by a man who fled the scene. In a video, captured…

Current Affairs

Carnival activities which were scheduled to take place at the end of the week have been cancelled in the aftermath the tragic death of Jean Paul Bonnett who died a…

Current Affairs

More than ten Maltese companies from the E-Sports Sector and those producing digital games are advertising their services in the largest European exhibition of video games and e-sports to take…

View More