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13 NEWS maltatoday | SUNDAY • 6 MARCH 2022 vember 2021. The Labour Party had 20 ads, whilst PN had 44 in September and 25 in October. Advertisements came to a halt during November and De- cember, with the Labour Party gearing up in January with 14 ads and 32 up till now in Feb- ruary. The PN sent out one ad in January, before shooting up to 64 in February. When it comes to Google ad- verts, the PN spent €52,400 in total while PL spent €26,100. Similar to the trend for Face- book, PN adverts saw a spike in October. No historical data, prior to February 2022 is avail- able for the Labour Party. 23/2 - 1/3 2022 Total 15/4/19 to 1/3/22 Total Partit Nazzjonalista €18,700 Partit Nazzjonalista €59,300 Bernard Grech €14,300 Bernard Grech €28,200 Robert Abela €4,300 Adrian Delia €21,100 Partit Laburista €3,700 Partit Laburista €20,700 Clyde Caruana €990 Robert Abela €19,400 Ray Abela €960 Ray Abela €12,600 Aaron Farrugia €830 Chris Fearne €9,000 Jose Herrera €790 David Casa €8,900 Clifton Grima €680 Clyde Caruana €8,700 Rosianne Cutajar €640 Ian Borg €8,700 Social media's big spenders INDEPENDENT candi- date Arnold Cassola has demanded explanations from Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi and Attorney General Victoria Butti- gieg over sexual harass- ment allegations by an army officer. "A Maltese army officer has sent sexually explicit photos to his female vic- tims, apart from insist- ent text messages. These photos were taken on AFM premises," Cassola stated. Cassola said the victim submitted a report to the police, who collected her mobile phone. The im- mediate superior of this soldier was also informed of the incident along with the Brigadier and AG Victoria Buttigieg. "Yet no action was taken by anyone. This is complete- ly unacceptable. The vic- tim in this case has been left to feel helpless and without any hope of jus- tice. Why has no action been taken against this army officer?" Cassola asked. "Is the political affilia- tion of this officer who is close to the Labour Party the reason for this serious lack of action?" He said it was unaccept- able that a press confer- ence had to be held in the "Me too" era for action to be taken. "With their inaction, two important state institutions such as the AG's office and the Army are preventing justice from taking its course. They are failing to make Maltese women feel safe." Cassola: new sexual harassment allegations THE compilation of evidence in several high profile criminal cases could be disrupted from Monday as lawyers at the Attorney General's office step up industrial action. In an ongoing dispute with government after collective agreement talks stopped abruptly because of the election, the UĦM Voice of the Workers has instructed AG lawyers not to continue presenting proof in compilation of evidence cases where the prima facie decree has already been given. The directive, which comes into force on Monday, will mean that some of the major criminal cases could be stalled since these cannot be re-assigned to other AG lawyers who are not members of the UĦM. Sources have told MaltaToday that the high-profile cases involving money laun- dering and murder, which cannot easily be re-assigned because of their complicated nature, could be impacted by the directive. It remains to be seen how the judiciary hearing such cases will react to the devel- opment at their next sitting. Prosecutors' strike halts high-profile criminal cases

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