“Spent five of six years in Malta under arrest” – Prosecution

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A man residing at the Ħal Safi Detention Centre has been kept under arrest after he has been accused of being involved in an argument in front of Court on Sunday.

According to the prosecution, the accused has only been in Malta for the past six years, five of which he spent at the Corradino Correctional Facilities.

The Egyptian born man pleaded not guilty to the charges of breaking down a boiler, of threatening a public official, and of public nudity amongst others.

Defence has requested the release from arrest on the grounds that the argumenta that took place at Ħal Safi was not physical and nobody was injured.

Prosecution rebated that the accused had spent more time under detention at Corradino than outside during his time in Malta.

The argument seemed to have started after the accused gave a grocery list to an official at the centre. Amongst other things he requested cigarettes and cans of corned beef. When not all of the requested items were provided, due to security measures, he got naked, damaged a boiler and threatened an official.

According to the defence this was all a manifestation of frustration.

The Court refused release from arrest as the accused does not have a permanent residence other than the detention centre which is also the witnesses’ workplace, and does not hold a clean police conduct,.

Prosecution was led by Inspector Trevor Micallef whilst Martin Fenech acted as defence lawyer.

Court was presided by Magistrate Charmaine Galea.