BBC jour­nal­ist to be charged with ‘as­sault­ing’ trap­pers

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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