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2 NEWS maltatoday | WEDNESDAY • 7 DECEMBER 2022 2 NICOLE MEILAK FORMER prisons director Colonel Alex Dalli is entitled to €100,000 while serving as an en- voy to Libya after he resigned last year following a string of su- icides at Corradino Correctional Facility. Dalli's contract, tabled in parliament by Minister Byron Camilleri on the request of PN MP Mark Anthony Sammut, shows that he was paid a sala- ry of €36,794 while entitled to a post-adjustment allowance of €57,717 or €64,130 depending on whether he was accompanied by a spouse in marriage. He was also entitled to a com- munication allowance of €1,800 per annum and an expense al- lowance of €300 per annum. The contract agreement was signed on 27 December 2021 and remains valid for a period of one year. His contract states that he will be posted in Tripoli to "coordi- nate on all matters as per Agree- ment between Malta and Libya dated 28/05/2020". That day, Prime Minister Rob- ert Abela went to Tripoli and signed a Memorandum of Un- derstanding (MoU) with Libya to establish two coordinating centres to combat human traf- ficking. During the official visit, Abela met with the Prime Minister of the Government of National Ac- cord at the time, Fayez al-Sarraj. Through the MoU, Malta and Libya agreed to set up a coordi- nation unit in each country to assist in operations against ille- gal migration. Dalli suspended himself as pris- ons director after an inmate was found dead inside his prison cell at the Corradino Correctional Facility. He was found dead in the prison's Division 4. The victim was suspected of having committed suicide. He was found dead during the prison guard handover one morning. Former prisons boss entitled to €100,000 in Libya envoy post Colonel Alex Dalli was given a €36,000 salary with a post-adjustment allowance between €57,000 and €64,000 Alex Dalli suspended himself as prisons director after an inmate was found dead inside his prison cell at the Corradino Correctional Facility MATTHEW AGIUS A man who says he filed multi- ple police reports against Pace- ville impresario Frankie Grima over repeated threats – includ- ing an incident in which Grima punched his wife in the face – has himself been charged for calling the police to complain of inaction and ask whether 'he should shoot Grima if he did it again'. Mellieha resident Joseph Ma- nuel Galea appeared in a dis- trict sitting before Magistrate Charmaine Galea this afternoon, charged with misuse of telecom- munications equipment and breaching his firearms licence. The two men own adjacent boathouses at Armier and are understood to have an ongoing disagreement over Grima's con- struction of an external terrace in front of his boathouse. Galea is also understood to have filed a number of police reports against Grima and that some of these are the subject of ongoing court pro- ceedings. CCTV footage and audio re- corded by Galea's security cam- eras, dated 12 August, shows Gri- ma angrily banging on the door of Galea's boathouse, swearing at him and yelling at him to "come out so I can cut you up." Other footage, dated 1 Novem- ber, shows the same man bang- ing on the door again and then punching a woman in the face after she opened the door. Galea explained that the wom- an in the video is his wife and that on that occasion, Grima had accused them of stealing his dog. The canine later turned out to have been at Grima's home, he said. Although Grima is also facing separate criminal proceedings in connection with some of the police reports Galea had filed, Galea's lawyer says there are still further charges yet to be pressed. However, it was Galea who ap- peared in the dock before Magis- trate Charmaine Galea today, in view of his last phone conversa- tion with the police control room, during which he complained that no measures had been taken to protect his safety. "What do you want me to do if he comes for me again? Shoot him?" Galea claims to have asked. As a result of that statement, he said the police had carried out a search of his boathouse in a bid to find the shotguns registered in his name. Galea says he had told the officers carrying out the search that the firearm was stored at his home in Mellieha, from where it was later recovered. Galea was charged with the misuse of electronic telecommu- nications equipment and violat- ing the conditions of his firearms licence. A police inspector told the court today that the man had "called the police station threatening to shoot him [Grima]." Grima was not present in court today. A representative from the Po- lice Weapons Office was called to the stand to testify, telling the court that she had looked up the accused's ID card number on the police weapons database and dis- covered that Galea had not paid his licence for two firearms – one of them a shotgun, that he had reported as stolen in 2009 and another shotgun that he had later purchased and subsequently al- lowed his licence to expire. The shotgun was exhibited in court. Galea's defence lawyer, Arthur Azzopardi, told the court that the recording of his client's phone call to the police control room had been exhibited in the acts, asking the court to provide him with a copy. The case was adjourned to Jan- uary, for the exhibition of Galea's phone call and for representa- tives of local mobile telephony service providers to confirm the number from which the call orig- inated belonged to the accused. Man who complained of police inaction against Frankie Grima assault, is charged Paceville businessman Frankie Grima

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