Simon Schembri distances himself from overtime racket

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Former police traffic officer Simon Schembri has distanced himself from the alleged overtime abuse and other abuse being investigated by the police.

In a statement published on Facebook, the Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation said that Police Sergeant Schembri was not one of the officers investigated in the last few days. “This because he was never involved in any crimes or offences that are being alleged,” the statement reads.

The statement was published after the founder received calls from the media asking about his alleged involvement.

STQARRIJA STAMPAWara li Il-Fundatur tagħna, Is-Surġent Simon Schembri u l-familja tiegħu qiegħdin jiġu kkuntattjati…

Posted by Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation on Monday, February 17, 2020

Schembri who has lost an arm in a near fatal accident in 2018, had been dragged for several meters in a hit-and-run accident. One of his arms was amputated and he suffered extensive injuries to his other limbs, his upper body and lungs. In all, he suffered a 60 per cent disability.

The then traffic officer had tried to stop then 17-year-old Liam Debono who was driving without a licence or a seat belt. The youth stands charged with attempted murder. He had pleaded not guilty.

Debono who was out on bail, was subsequently jailed for five years and fined €11,000 for breaching a driving ban and disqualified from holding a driving license for 10 years.

Almost a year after the incident, Schembri returned to work and was aiding the police communications and media relations department particularly with school visits and talks.

According to the latest official information issued by the Police, 41 officers were arrested with 31 officers were out on police bail and suspended from the force. At least seven officers have resigned.