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2 maltatoday | SUNDAY • 5 DECEMBER 2021 NEWS Teatru Manoel is seeking to recruit an Assistant Director (Finance), a Senior Manager (HR & Administration) and a Manager (Facilities). Assistant Director (Finance): Reporting directly to the CEO the chosen candidate will direct and control finance staff, contribute to the achievement of the Theatre's business objectives, provide financial advice and guidance, provide attentions to compliance with legislation, and manage all the Theatre's Transactions, amongst other duties. JobsPlus Permit No: 647/2021 Senior Manager (HR & Administration): Reporting directly to the CEO the chosen candidate will be responsible for maintaining and updating policies and procedures, create strategies that ensures employee benefits, review work of the employees, create a supportive environment, and manage all recruitment, amongst other duties. JobsPlus Permit No: 6/2021 Manager (Facilities): Reporting to the COO the chosen candidate will be responsbile for carrying out maintenance and restoration of the Theatre's infrastructures, ensure health, fire and safety measure are implemented, oversee the security team, create a preventive maintenance schedule, oversee the cleaning of premises, oversee tender processes relating to premises and manage projects relating to premises, amongst other duties. JobsPlus Permit No: 488/2021 More information can be accessed through Interested candidates are to send their application letter and CV to by Monday 20 December 2021. Maltese man linked to Italian police drug operation La Vallette remains at large KURT SANSONE A certain John Spiteri named by Italian prosecutors as the Mal- tese distributor in a trafficking ring between Italy, Albania and Malta remains at large. Spiteri's name was included in judicial documents filed by Ital- ian prosecutors in the Sicilian courts last week in which they asked for the incarceration of 16 people. Several Italian and Alba- nian nationals were also charged after police busted the drug network in an operation code- named La Vallette. According to the documents, Spiteri does not live in Italy and does not appear to have been ar- rested last Wednesday at the end of a four-year-long investigation. Maltese law enforcement was not involved in the Italian oper- ation, according to a spokesper- son for the Maltese police force. "The Maltese police was not in- volved and no arrests were made in Malta," the spokesperson said, adding that no requests were re- ceived from the Italian police for collaboration. Spiteri, 55, was referred to by Italian mastermind Rosario Am- ico, as 'Gianni' in transcripts of phone and conversation inter- cepts published by Italian pros- ecutors. Spiteri, who does not appear to have any criminal cases to his name in Malta, was linked to one specific case of cannabis impor- tation via the Virtu Ferries cata- maran in June 2018. The case concerned two other Maltese nationals, mentioned in the court documents, who were arrested by the Maltese police after driving off the Malta-Sicily ferry. Fabian Catania and Tomislav Hegedus were stopped and a search of the Isuzu vehicle they were in, yielded 84kg of can- nabis. Catania was the runner bringing the drugs to Malta and consigning them to Hegedus as part of the Maltese network op- erated by Spiteri. Both men were charged and granted bail. It is unclear wheth- er the court cases against them are still pending. But intercepts presented by Italian prosecutors of a conver- sation between Spiteri and Ami- co revealed how the pair believed the arrested runners had named them with the Maltese police. Spiteri told Amico that he had a problem with a drug courier and may have to take matters in- to his own hands. Spiteri's state- ment appears to be a reference to Catania. "We need to get rid of that as- shole... that guy who opened his mouth... that guy who drove the truck," Spiteri was heard telling his Sicilian counterpart during the conversation that happened in Amico's car in Sicily in Sep- tember 2018. The Italian police investigation kicked off by looking at Rosario Amico, who in 2015 had also been a candidate for the Italian Socialist Party for the communal elections in Ipsica. He was not elected but Amico progressed from being a maintenance work- er to owning luxury cars and property. Amico was at the centre of a criminal enterprise that traf- ficked cannabis and cocaine from Albania to Puglia and onto Sicily, where he then distributed to Malta and other Italian re- gions. Italian police tracked Amico as he travelled often to Malta, un- covering the international net- work he had built. When the two Maltese couriers were arrested in 2018, the Maltese authorities flagged Amico's name to their Italian counterparts. The four-year-long investiga- tion came to an end with arrests last Wednesday, dismantling the drugs network that with its heart in Sicily and its limbs in Malta, Albania and other Italian regions. Italian mastermind Rosario Amico (pictured) referred to Spiteri as 'Gianni' in transcripts of phone and conversation intercepts published by Italian prosecutors

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