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PHOTO JAMES BIANCHI TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT/COVID19 SUNDAY • 21 MARCH 2021 • ISSUE 1116 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY maltatoday Education minister's friend gets €5,000 a month contract on sports school review PAGE 3 €15,000 for Bogdanovic Unequal blessings Former OPM chief of staff is denied bail on corruption charges, false testimony and forgery PAGE 4 T&C APPLY L E T T I N G MAXIMISE YOUR PROPERTY'S RENTAL INCOME WITH THE HELP OF OUR HOME INTERIORS TEAM YOUR LOCAL RENTAL PARTNER. SINCE 1969. PAGE 2 €1.95 MATTHEW VELLA A May 2020 plan on the gradu- al easing of COVID-19 measures by the Superintendence of Public Health had proposed that travel abroad be only allowed 21 weeks after the end of the partial lock- down that contained Malta's first wave of coronavirus cases. In the report seen by MaltaTo- day, entitled 'Transitioning To- wards a New Normal', a eight- phase transition was envisaged for the easing of COVID-19 restric- tions, with three weeks separating each phase. The timetable listed all the ac- tivities that could be allowed to resume, ranging from low-risk ac- tivities to very high-risk activities: travel abroad, and the easing of restrictions on vulnerable people, were the last activities expected to be allowed, a full five months after the end of the soft lockdown – sometime in Sep- tember. Post-lockdown plan called for travel ban until September 2020 MATTHEW AGIUS THE architect of Labour's elec- toral victory in 2013, Keith Schembri, today woke up in Corradino Correctional Facili- ty, remanded without bail after yesterday being charged with corruption, forgery and for giv- ing false evidence. He fell his greatest fall yet after resigning in disgrace in 2019 when his secret business partner, Tumas magnate Yor- gen Fenech, was accused of masterminding the assassina- tion of Daphne Caruana Gal- izia. Today both men are behind bars pending trial. And with Schembri is his father Alfio, a director of the business em- pire his son built, former Nex- ia BT partners Brian Tonna and Karl and Zenith Finance principals Matthew Pace and Lorraine Falzon. Priests bless animals, buildings and army assets, but Vatican says they can't bless same-sex unions PAGE 13 Keith Schembri charged with corruption and forgery Former chief of staff to Joseph Muscat, Keith Schembri, is charged in court alongside father Alfio, his business partners, former Nexia BT partners, Zenith Finance principals, and Allied Group director Vince Buhagiar in a marathon sitting of corruption and money laundering charges INSIDE • The 15 May COVID transition plan Malta stockpiles COVID vaccine while opposing abolition of patents for Third World PAGE 8 Stockpile ethics

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