Four days before the opening of the spring hunting season, Interior Minister Byron Camilleri said that the Police Force is equipped enough to prosecute hunters found breaching the law. On the other hand, the Opposition’s spokesperson Beppe Fenech Adami said that in the current circumstances he would not consider opening the hunting season to avoid further pressure on the Police. They were interviewed on yesterday’s TVM INSIGHTS program.
Minister Camilleri said that although the Police Administrative Law Enforcement section is carrying out inspections on obligatory quarantine due to Covid-19, it will continue with enforcement on illegal hunting.
“More persons were recruited in the ALE section, and more persons will assist ALE during these three weeks of the hunting season”.
Dr Fenech Adami expressed the view that in the current circumstances he would have considered not to open the hunting season.
“In today’s circumstances, during which the Police Force is stretched and the last thing they need is that scores of Policemen are entrusted to monitor the hunting season. I think I would have considered that the season is not opened”.
During INSIGHTS program, Minister Camilleri said that all the precautions are being taken at the Ħal Far open centre, even medical ones, after residents were placed in quarantine. Dr Fenech Adami stated that crowding at the open centre creates a dangerous situation, adding that migrants should have been distributed in other buildings.
“The Government should seek alternative places at all costs to avoid that the situation cannot be controlled”.
On the eventuality of another influx of migrants, Minister Camilleri expressed frustration that there are people who are encouraging migrants to leave Libya towards Europe.
“Currently, a particular vessel is close to the Libyan coast and is already delivering messages on Twitter. To enter Malta? No. Malta has already communicated with the EC to inform that this is an irresponsible act, serving as a pull factor especially during these times, and therefore we pretend that they are not done”.
Referring to prison, Dr Fenech Adami said that, in the present circumstances, it is better that elderly and vulnerable inmates are taken out of prison where there are more than one prisoner in some of the cells.
Minister Camilleri indicated that new measures will be introduced shortly. “Wardens will live in prison for a number of days and alternate with another group of wardens who begin living in prison to carry out their duties”.
Minister Camilleri added that all police investigations, including the alleged abuse of extra duty by Traffic Police, are ongoing. On the appointment of the new Police Commissioner, he said that the Public Service Commission will issue a public call for the post in the coming time.
Watch again INSIGHTS program from hawn.