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One of the Moroccans who escaped from Ħal Safi appears in Court in a wheelchair

A suspended sentence was handed to a Moroccan who escaped from the detention centre at Ħal Safi last month. Mohammed Sellem admitted to the charge of trying to escape from the centre where he had been living for three months.

He appeared in front of Magistrate Victor Axiaq in a wheelchair with a large wound in his leg which he sustained when he tried to escape from the detention centre. He escaped with a group of other immigrants, 12 of whom were arraigned in Court and were each sentenced to six months in jail.

The Court observed that it needs to create a balance between the protection of society and the fundamental rights of the accused in front of it. He pointed out that with his behaviour, the accused had brought further suffering on himself, Sellem was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years.

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