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How Muscat has worked his way back into the European mainstream WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 Newspaper post EDITORIAL • PAGE 9 WEDNESDAY • 3 OCTOBER 2018 • ISSUE 606 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY MATTHEW AGIUS AND LAURA CALLEJA THE lawyer defending MV Lifeline captain Claus-Peter Reisch has been warned by a magistrate not to hold any more press conferences on the courthouse steps. Lawyer Cedric Mifsud would regularly address the media after most sittings in the case against Reisch, who is charged with ship registra- tion irregulari- ties. 6 7 Lifeline lawyer addresses press despite magistrate's warning PAUL COCKS THE world's first state-official Blockchain event kicks off tonight in Malta, solidify- ing Malta's reputation as a pioneer in the fledgling industry. 3,500 attendees from all over the globe are expected to attend the two-day Delta Summit which will open tonight and run until Friday evening. The government's aim is to showcase its efforts to encour- age innovation and provide a regulatory framework for entrepreneurs. Chief among the 175 high-profile speak- ers is Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, who stunned the crypto community last year when he decided to move his exchange, the world's largest one by trading volume, to Malta. Other high-profile speakers in- clude venture investor Tim Draper, the co-founder of Wikipedia and the CIO of Everipedia Dr Larry Sanger, Angel Labs founder Tugce Ergul, Imogen Heap and Marco Streng of Genesis Mining. 80 companies will be exhibiting their products with a further other 100 compa- nies participating. Malta recently published the details of three new bills – The Malta Digital In- novation Authority Bill, the Virtual Fi- nancial Asset Bill, and the Innovation Technological Services Arrangements Bill – based on three core principles: market integrity, market stability and consumer protection. Maltese civil servant in Brussels handed suspended sentence 'ANTI-SEMITIC ASSAULT' Delta Summit hosts crypto & Blockchain supremos WORLD FIRST ANALYSIS a one-stop shop for all your investments BOV INVESTMENTS Issued by Bank of Valletta p.l.c., 58, Triq San Żakkarija, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1130 More information is available from or contact 2131 2020. The value of investments may go down as well as up and may be affected by changes in currency exchange rates. Bank of Valletta p.l.c. is a public limited liability company regulated by the MFSA and is licensed to carry out investment services in terms of the Investment Services Act (Cap. 370 of the Laws of Malta). COM 1980 MATTHEW VELLA A Maltese civil servant at the Euro- pean Union, Stefan Grech, has been found guilty in a Brussels court of an assault on a civil servant of the EU and handed down a three-year sus- pended sentence. According to the judgement seen by MaltaToday, Grech, 49, was handed down the probationary sentence on condition that he carry out no infrac- tion in the next three years, commu- nicate to the courts any change in his fixed address, as well as submitting himself to therapy for his alcohol habit, and carry out an unspecified number of hours of community work with a race-related organisation. He was asked to pay the victim €500 in moral damages. She had originally asked for €10,000. He also had to pay over €1,200 in court expenses apart from legal fees. Grech has appealed the decision. Grech was formally charged and found guilty of incitement to hate or violence towards people of Jewish faith, violation of anti-racism laws, and assault aggravated by racial ha- tred. The incident that led to his ar- raignment took place in 2015, when Grech was involved in a drunken altercation with a restaurant patron and her friend. Grech was having drinks with friends at the L'Italiano café on Rue Arlon on 16 July 2015, to celebrate his 10-year anniversary as an EU employee. PAGE 5 PAGE 3 Stefan Grech has claimed his antics were just a joke Magistrate Joe Mifsud had warned lawyers representing Captain Claus-Peter Reisch not to hold more press conferences

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