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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 2 NOVEMBER 2022 • ISSUE 817 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY Chalet: No Paceville in Sliema please PAGE 6-7 PAGE 4 PAGE 3 Abela gloats over Labour budget, tears into PN finance costings KARL AZZOPARDI PRIME Minister Robert Abela had a relatively sim- ple playbook for Tuesday evening's Budget speech, replying to Opposition Bernard Grech's budget re- ply on Monday: propping up his 'no-pain' budget while tearing into a poor- ly-prepared PN pre-budget document whose spelling errors and idiomatic inac- curacies attracted press at- tention. MATTHEW AGIUS THREE driving examiners have told a court that they had been instructed by their superiors to be extra lenient towards certain politically connected candidates. Magistrate Rachel Montebello pre- sided as the compilation of evidence against Transport Malta director for the Land Transport Directorate Clint Mansueto, former Żebbuġ Labour councillor Philip Edrick Zammit and Raul Antonio Pace continued on Tuesday morning. The men are pleading not guilty to charges relating to corruption and bribery in relation to driving tests. Before hearing their testimony, the prosecution confirmed that there were no plans to prosecute the wit- nesses in connection with this inves- tigation. The court turned down a request to order a ban on the publication of the men's names, made by their lawyer. 'No-pain budget' gives Robert Abela easy script to deliver second run-down of Budget 2023 and opportunity to tear into Opposition's poor pre-budget document 'We were told to close an eye' Driving test corruption

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