Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Suspected druglord Jordan Azzopardi dubbed as Malta’s El Chapo was handed down a 13 month jail suspended sentence after he registered an admission in separate proceedings concerning the handling of stolen property.
30-year-old Azzopardi who is currently residing at the Corradino Correctional Facility was served with a fresh charge earlier in August over allegations that he had received some €32,000 worth of stolen electronic equipment in exchange of drugs.
In a separate case, 24-year-old Moahmmed Kaveh Tahmasebi Ghareh Shiran, an Iranian national, was sentenced to four years imprisonment after he admitted to fraudulent thefts during his arraignment in March.
Shiran had paid for six iPhones and netbooks with a stolen cheque book.
The man had subsequently told the police that he had exchanged the fraudulently acquired goods for drugs, which he had acquired from Azzopardi. Brand new packaged goods were found following a search in Ta’ Liberat farmhouse which was leased to Azzopardi. This led to fresh proceedings against Azzopardi.
Azzopardi registered his admission to the charges after consulting his lawyer, Franco Debono.
The stolen items have since been returned to their lawful owner. Azzopardi was handed down a 13-month jail term suspended for three years, after he was declared guilty by the court.
Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo presided over the court.
Police inspectors Shawn Pawney and Wayne Camilleri prosecuted, while lawyers Franco Debono, Amadeus Cachia and Marion Camilleri appeared for Azzopardi.