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16 maltatoday | WEDNESDAY • 20 JULY 2022 NEWS ACROSS 1) Tinted 5) Junkyard junk 10) Coffee, informally 14) Say it isn't faux 15) Aussie "bear" 16) One who raised Cain 17) "Out" to an editor 18) Any Dogpatch character 19) Manage somehow 20) Careless pedestrian 22) Canton neighbor 23) Female parents, for short 24) They donate a tenth 26) Illegal entry by a govern- ment agent 30) Featured half of a 45 31) Black-and-white cookies 32) Bed-and-breakfast 33) It might be rigged 37) Wife of Jacob 38) Sign of late summer 40) "The Ghost and Mrs. ___" 41) Repair sock holes 42) Suffix with "hero" or "rout" 43) "Slowly" in music 44) Trustingly innocent 46) Bow 47) Nine veh was its capital 50) Purchase add-on 51) Do a winter chore 52) Longshoreman 58) Lab heater of old 59) Instrument for an etude 60) Hectic episodes 61) It can be good, bad or rotten 62) Lethargic sleep 63) Easy win 64) Harmle ss sword 65) Hard to combine, chemi- cally 66) Long basket, in basket- ball slang DOWN 1) Pilgrimage to Mecca (var.) 2) Colored part of the eye 3) Lampreylike 4) Barrymore of "E.T." 5) '70s Earth orbiter 6) Proverbial broth spoilers 7) Autumn tool 8) Emulating Paul Revere 9) Trusted chum 10) Pavement pounder 11) Love deeply 12) Word with "lock" or "bar- rier" 13) Sunday approvals 21) Andy's radio partner of old 22) Breakfasted, e.g. 25) Fig. on a driver's lic e nse 26) Attention-getting type 27) Atlas stat 28) Neutral or reverse 29) Cornbread on the griddle 30) "Yes ___ Bob!" 34) Cou sin bearer 35) Uses a pew 36) "Iliad" city 38) Two-by-four in 56-Down 39) Military incursion 43) Hig h-class 45) "All bets ___ off' 46) Go on a gamboling spree 47) Big name in pop music 48) Prepare 49) Continuously from 50) High male singer 53) Eight-track, e.g. 54) Arrow cousin 55) Household spray target 56) "Julius Caesar" setting 57) Catch a glimpse of 59) It's shaped like a trident F Solution to last week's crossword The answers to today's crossword will be published in next week's Midweek edition Weather Partly cloudy, locally rather cloudy at times, becoming fine Visibility Good Wind Variable force 2 or 3 becoming Northwesterly TODAY TOMORROW Crossword WEATHER HOT & SUNNY HOT & SUNNY 34 0 / 25 0 34 0 / 24 0 FEELS LIKE 36 0 FEELS LIKE 36 0 MATTHEW AGIUS A judge has rejected a bail re- quest by John Spiteri, who is fighting extradition to Italy, where he is wanted on drug smuggling charges. Spiteri, 56, of Qrendi, had been investigated as a result of raids carried out last year by the Italian police, after a four- year investigation into a drug trafficking ring. Some 430kg of cannabis, can- nabis resin and cocaine were reportedly seized by the Italian Guardia di Finanza during the raids, which mostly targeted individuals from known mafia families in Italy. In December 2021, the Italian police had issued a European Arrest Warrant, together with a Schengen Information Sys- tem Alert for Spiteri, notifying police forces across Europe that he was a wanted man. Spiteri was arrested in Mal- ta and arraigned on 11 June, where he did not give his con- sent to be extradited. The proceedings had been de- clared null after Spiteri's law- yers, Franco Debono, Charles Mercieca and Francesca Zarb, had successfully attacked the validity of the Schengen Infor- mation System (SIS) alert at- tached to the EAW. The AG subsequently filed an appeal to the decision, ar- guing, amongst other things, that the Court of Magistrates had not followed the procedure laid down in the Extradition (Designated Foreign Coun- tries) Order and had "decided to hear the proceedings in a manner contrary to the spirit of the same law that regulates proceedings triggered by an EAW." On 8 July, Spiteri's legal coun- sel had requested their client's release on bail, as an interim measure until the AG's appeal was decided. In a decision delivered in chambers yesterday by Mr Jus- tice Francesco Depasquale, the judge observed that the appli- cant was currently being held in custody in terms of the law, which permits detention for up to 60 days in such cases. Pointing out that the extremes required for an interim measure to be granted did not subsist in this case, the judge rejected Spi- teri's request for bail. Lawyer Julian Farrugia rep- resented the State Advocate in the proceedings. Judge rejects bail request by Maltese man fighting extradition to Italy A judge has ruled that the detention of a Maltese national pending the outcome of an appeal hearing over his extradition to Italy is lawful, denying the man's bail request

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