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TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT PAGES 8-9 CHOICE MATTERS SUNDAY • 8 MAY 2022 • ISSUE 1175 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY PAGE 10 PHOTOGRAPHY JAMES BIANCHI maltatoday Fertility doctors say it is time to move to new phase in Malta IVF rules PAGES 10-11 Dr Nathalie Psaila 'Someone you love has had an abortion' MT2 INTERVIEW non-compliance maximum levels are average More supermarket debt: Schembri and 'Maksar' ruse to claw back millions MATTHEW VELLA THE businessman who acquired the More super- markets chain from Ryan Schembri claims the fu- gitive supermarket boss conspired with 'Maksar' gang suspect Adrian Agi- us to bleed the company of €3.5 million, by using two name-lenders to file bogus claims in court. Darren Casha, the owner of the Medasia restaurant in Gzira, claimed in a De- cember 2014 affidavit that Schembri and Agius had in two men to cre- constitution of debt for €2 million and €1.5 million against the su- permarket chain, without having such authority. But Casha also says the alleged loans to Ryan Schembri, ostensibly for the supermarket's ex- pansion into Libya, were made by the two men, Edmond Mugliett and Al- exander Farrugia, in the name of other mystery lenders. Yet, their identi- ties or their legal interest has so far, not been estab- lished. "It seems other compa- nies gave Mugliett and Farrugia instructions to pass on the money, with- out us knowing who they are or for what. How have these companies not presented themselves personally to claim their dues?... there's nothing in More's records of dealings with either Mugliett or Farrugia," Casha stated. "To me this was another confirmation that this was Schembri's ruse, and that Mugliett and Farrugia are involved with him in a bid to take from More Super- markets something they are not entitled to." PAGE 5 ALERT More Supermarkets investor accused Ryan Schembri and Adrian Agius of attempting to create 'fake' debt to extract €3.5 million from bankrupt chain Ryan Schembri leaving the law courts where he was chagred with fraud and money laundering Flying to Gozo more than double emissions of cars driving from MIA JAMES DEBONO AN environment impact as- sessment for a proposed Gozo airstrip confirms that carbon emissions will increase if the planes operating the service use jet fuel. They carbon emissions gener- ated will be more than double the emissions of cars travelling from the Malta airport to Gozo. The EIA confirms that the proposed airfield in Gozo will introduce a new source of car- bon emissions from aircraft, if the Xewkija helipad is extended into a 450m runway suitable for small aircraft. Although no agricultural land will be used to extend the run- way, this does not exclude oth- er significant impacts like those on Malta's climate change commitments. To mitigate this major im- pact, the EIA recommends that the air service provider be "en- couraged" to adopt "an all-elec- tric aircraft fleet by 2025" by including such a provision in the tender document for the selection of the prospective op- erator. IVF: Future Changes Citizens map out EU future PAGES 14-15 Editorial MT2 maltatoday | SUNDAY • 24 APRIL 2022 COMMENT What are we skinning? EU chief prosecutor Laura Codruța Kövesi revealing that she was unable to locate the responsible anti-fraud bodies in Malta during an investigation visit last October. Why are we skinning it? Well first of all, because it's a story that could fit equally well within a Kafka narrative or an episode of the cult British TV satire The Thick of It. And secondly? It is also a depressing reiteration of certain cliches of Malteseness. How so? Kövesi appears to suggest that each of the sup- posed anti-fraud authorities she reached out to… suggested that she speak to someone else. And so on, ad infinitum. Okay but… how is that intrin- sically Maltese? You've clearly never had to get any paperwork processed by a State institution. I see what you're getting at now… but the last time I've had real trouble was way back in Everything's online surely? possible that successive gov- ernments have taken on a rather literal application of the 'bottom up' principle. But isn't this precisely the kind of thing that we should be tackling with utmost seri- ousness now that Malta's been greylisted? Yes, but it's highly possible that 'this kind of thing' is a big part of the equation as to why we were greylisted in the first place. So what's the solution? More transparency, less corruption. Easier said than done. Well, it would be easy enough to formu- late a plan if you at least knew which authority needs to take the lead on said planning. I've also noticed that one of Kövesi's EU colleagues recounted having a similar experience with Greece not too long ago. Perfect fodder for the Mediterranean Euros- ceptics to play the victim card, I suppose. We need to be a whole lot richer to afford transparency. But if you dream big, the sky's the limit. Malta's Macron vs Le Pen: the presidential election PGS 14 & 15 The Skinny Malta, shrunk down MICHAEL FALZON A new chapter PAGE 7 No 136 – Passing the Buck to Hide the Bucks JOSANNE CASSAR Shaping the island's charging EV infrastructure PAGE 13 EDITORIAL Youth, mental health and the perils of social media PAGE 2 SAVIOUR BALZAN Free for all PAGE 5 The apathy of the French youth, disappointed in both candidates, can significantly alter the election's outcome PHOTO: ARON TANTI maltatoday | SUNDAY • 8 MAY 2022 CLASSIFIEDS & COMMERCIALS ARTS • TV • WHAT'S ON Nicole Azzopardi "I am not a materialistic person, however, that would be the necklace that was gifted to me when I was very young by my late grandfather." maltatoday Get the critical perspective on politics, culture and society Be the first to enjoy our print newspaper with a subscription When you need to decode what politicians are saying, when you want to understand why Malta's crazy construction industry is impacting upon your life, when you need to step out of the social media and understand the world from a different perspective, our journalists and columnists will provide you with expert reporting, analysis and commentary. 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