Malta Independent

Three teenage hijackers remain in custody as bail request denied

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The three teenagers accused of maritime piracy in the case about the ship El Hiblu 1 have not been granted bail after a joint request to this effect was turned down by Mr Justice Giovanni Grixti on a procedural point on Thursday.

The three accused, aged 15, 16 and 19 remain in police custody. Earlier this week, a court of magistrate­s ruled that there was sufficient evidence for the youths to be indicted.

In court, the Attorney General observed that there was a missing signature on the joint bail applicatio­n. It was argued that all three of the accused’s lawyers had to sign the bail applicatio­n and that it was not clear who was appearing for whom.

The defence lawyers will now have to re-apply for bail, filing separate applicatio­ns after the Easter holidays.

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