Ethiopian charged with theft from ho­tel room

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

An Ethiopian man who was charged with ag­gra­vated theft of lug­gage, clothes, a lap­top and other elec­tronic de­vices from a ho­tel re­fused le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion in court yes­ter­day.

Ki­flom Habtoum was ar­rested on 12 Oc­to­ber at 10:30pm in a room at Le Meri­dien Ho­tel.

Habtoum re­fused a Mal­tese lawyer, re­quest­ing that his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Bel­gium de­fend him. The court re­minded the ac­cused that in or­der to prac­tice in a Mal­tese court, the lawyer would need to ac­quire a war­rant. He then re­fused rep­re­sen­ta­tion all to­gether.

A lug­gage full of the items that Habtoum is be­ing ac­cused of steal­ing was pre­sented to the court. He in­sisted that the bag and the con­tents are his own pri­vate prop­erty.

When in­formed that he would not be granted bail and would have to re­main in prison un­til his next court date in front of a dif­fer­ent mag­is­trate, he ex­claimed ‘this is not jus­tice’ and had to be re­moved from the court­room.

The next hear­ing will take place on 29 Oc­to­ber.

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