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Malta demands 'forcible' sharing of Hurd's Bank migrants MATTHEW VELLA THE Maltese government is ne- gotiating a mandatory relocation of some 160 migrants and asy- lum seekers which it is preventing from claiming asylum in Malta, by keeping them on two Captain Morgan ferry boats on Hurd's Bank outside territorial waters. Government sources said nego- tiations with the European Com- mission had reached a delicate stage, as Malta kept up its veto on spending for Operation Irini, an EU military operation intended to enforce a Libyan arms embargo. On Friday, the EU's High Rep- resentative Josep Borrel said that he had spoken to foreign minister Evarist Bartolo. "I have made a call to other member states to support Malta in facing this recent wave of migrants from Libya… but this will not be solved until we stabi- lise Libya politically." Borrel disagreed with criticism that Irini was effectively only stop- ping the flow of weapons to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord in Libya, which is supported by ally Turkey in the transportation of arms at sea. "We also have an aerial mission to sur- vey the flow of weapons… and to watch what is happening on the border between Libya and Egypt," he said. Critics say Irini is unable to stop the flow of weapons to GNA ri- val and strongman Khalifa Haftar who is supported by Egypt and the UAE, as well as France. ANALYSIS PAGE 12 NGOs write to Brussels PAGE 16 STAY IN, STAY SAFE, WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT/COVID19 Steely Gauci says little on second wave as cases spike PAGE 3 CORONAVIRUS •14 NEW CASES MATTHEW AGIUS PROF. Charmaine Gauci kept a steely resolve as questions on Malta's purported attempt to open tourism corridors, or whether a secondary wave of infections was gaining steam seemed to find no answers from the public health super- intendent. Malta on Friday registered a staggering 14 new cases of COVID-19 over 24 hours, af- ter having registered 10 cases the previous day. Malta now has 90 active cases, with total cases hav- ing climbed to 546 on almost 50,000 swabs taken in the last three months. A record 1,700 tests were taken on the day. Of the 14 new cases, nine showed no symptoms and five were sympto- matic. GUNS, GOLD, MONEY AND POWER How police hit major drug supply network PAGE 6-7 Cabinet undecided on COVID-19 restrictions MATTHEW VELLA THE Maltese government has yet to decide when and what restrictions are to be lifted as a spike in cases fol- lowing a relaxation of meas- ures, generated renewed de- bate on what strategy to take to prop up the weakened economy. PAGE 3 TAKE A GANDER AT THIS! Maltese scientist teaches geese to fly PAGE 10 PROF. ISABEL STABILE Challenging the taboo of abortion in Maltese healthcare INTERVIEW •MT2 Talk to us | 2131 2020 | All loans are subject to normal bank lending criteria, credit approval by the Bank and a credit agreement. Further terms and conditions are available from Issued by Bank of Valletta p.l.c., 58, Triq San Żakkarija, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1130. Bank of Valletta p.l.c. is a public limited company regulated by the MFSA and is licensed to carry out the business of banking in terms of the Banking Act (Cap. 371 of the Laws of Malta). KEEP YOUR BUSINESS STRONG FINANCING FOR BUSINESS BOV MDB COVID-19 ASSIST maltatoday SUNDAY • 17 MAY 2020 • ISSUE 1072 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY €1.95 Criminal action filed against tuna ranchers THE Maltese fisheries department filed criminal proceedings against Malta's top tuna ranchers, just as Brussels opened infringement pro- ceedings over a failure to comply with EU tuna rules. The criminal action was filed in April against David Azzopardi and Joseph Caruana, directors of Fish & Fish Ltd and Emma Navigation Ltd, the agent of the ship Mikela I; and Anthony and Carmel Azzopardi, directors of Malta Mariculture and AJD Tuna, which leased the ship Thor Beamer from Malta Towage. PAGE 2

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