PD presents pri­vate mem­bers mo­tion to es­tab­lish in­ter­na­tional body fo­cused on com­bat­ing or­gan­ised crime

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

Par­tit Demokratiku yesterday filed a pri­vate mem­bers mo­tion to es­tab­lish an in­ter­na­tion­ally-led body fo­cused on com­bat­ing or­gan­ised crime in the Cen­tral Mediter­ranean, ex­press­ing con­cern that “Malta could be­come an in­ter­na­tional cross­road of il­le­gal traf­fick­ing”.

The party stated: “Malta’s rep­u­ta­tion is be­ing tar­nished by re­ports of smug­gling, through Mal­tese waters, of hu­man be­ings, fuel, tuna, tobacco and nar­cotics, over and above the neg­a­tive press re­ceived through money laun­der­ing, the sale of pass­ports and Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia’s mur­der.”

Yesterday morn­ing PD tabled a Pri­vate Mem­bers Mo­tion in Par­lia­ment ti­tled ‘In­roddu ġieħ lil Malta’ to es­tab­lish an in­ter­na­tional fo­cused on com­bat­ing or­gan­ised crime in the Cen­tral Mediter­ranean, to pre­vent il­licit trade spilling into Malta.

“The mo­tion pro­poses the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­ter­na­tional body mod­elled on the United Na­tions on the In­ter­na­tional Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion and Im­punity, which has been tried and tested, to cover in­ter­na­tional waters, which is cur­rently un­governed. Through this in­no­va­tive ap­proach, the Com­mis­sion will deal with sus­pected crimes related to the il­licit traf­fic of hu­man be­ings and goods in the Cen­tral Mediter­ranean, and given broad re­mit to di­rect re­sources to­wards the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion of or­gan­ised crime. Malta could po­ten­tially of­fer its courts for the ad­ju­di­ca­tion of cases, ne­ces­si­tat­ing amend­ments to crim­i­nal law,” PD said.

“This is the sec­ond Pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill that PD is propos­ing on good gov­er­nance and elim­i­na­tion of crime in a space of four months. The first mo­tion con­cerned the setup of a Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee to scru­ti­nize MFSA, e-Gam­ing and FIAU, thus creat­ing a dif­fer­ent tier of checks and bal­ances.”

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