For­eign crim­i­nals in Malta

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LETTERS -

When­ever I hear or read about cer­tain crim­i­nal acts com­mit­ted by for­eign­ers in our coun­try – as we hear al­most daily – I al­ways ask my­self why such for­eign­ers, in­clud­ing those from other EU mem­ber states who com­mit cer­tain crim­i­nal acts such as theft, fraud, rape, crimes of phys­i­cal vi­o­lence and so on, are al­lowed to re­main in Malta. Why are they not de­ported to their na­tive coun­try once they serve the sen­tence handed down by the court?

I have also in­cluded EU na­tion­als since I strongly be­lieve that when free­dom of move­ment was cre­ated, the aim was to give cit­i­zens of mem­ber states the right to go, live and work in any other mem­ber state with­out re­stric­tions. I can­not imag­ine that that noble aim was also in­tended to give crim­i­nals the free­dom to move around mem­ber states to com­mit crim­i­nal acts, such as the group of Bul­gar­ian crim­i­nals have been do­ing.

If in­deed, even crim­i­nals have the right to move to other mem­ber states, com­mit crim­i­nal acts there and the court has no right to or­der their de­por­ta­tion and pro­hibit their re­turn to Malta, then our gov­ern­ment should se­ri­ously con­sider tak­ing up this very se­ri­ous is­sue at Euro­pean Coun­cil level. The EU should fight crim­i­nals and not make their crim­i­nal life­style so much eas­ier !

I won­der what other read­ers think about this grave prob­lem. Eddy Priv­it­era Mosta

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