BBC journalist to be charged with ‘assaulting’ trappers
BBC journalist and bird conservation activist Chris Packham will today be charged, in the Gozo courts, with “assaulting two trappers.”
Mr Packham made the announcement in a Twitter video, in which he said he was the real victim.
“Two trappers claimed that I assaulted them. I’ve been charged with using force against any person with the intention to insult or hurt them. I’m completely innocent of these charges.”
Mr Packham said he was the one who had been pushed around, including by a policeman, who had pushed him “all the way up the street”.
“Malta. I wonder what the courts will be like,” he said in the video.
Mr Packham has spent the last few days filming illegal trapping and hunting in Malta. He uploaded a number of tweets, including a picture of an illegally shot Stone Curlew and trapping hides in Mizieb.
Mr Packham has documented illegal trapping and hunting in Malta for several years now and is no stranger to controversy.
The BBC journalist was arrested and held in custody for several hours back in 2014.