8 remanded in custody after Safi Detention Centre breakout

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Eight men were remanded in custody after allegedly escaping from the Safi Detention Centre, last week. All men pleaded not guilty to the charge of escaping from lawful custody.

Five Algerians, a Moroccan, a Libyan and an Egyptian, aged between 21 and 32, were arrested on October 4 at around 4.30pm.

Police Inspector Trevor Micallef explained how the men had allegedly escaped scaling the fence. They were caught before they entering the territory of the Malta International Airport.

In a court, presided over by Magistrate Joseph Mifsud, Inspector Micallef stressed that something needs to be done because they cannot carry on like this. Police officers who could be deployed elsewhere were spending up to 12 hours on duty at the open centre.

Lawyer Fransina Abela was legal aid defence counsel to the men.