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MATTHEW AGIUS GOVERNMENT and MP Adrian Delia have filed applications ask- ing the court to dismiss an appeal to a judge's recent decision to rescind on the grounds of fraud, the Steward hospitals concession contract. The application requests that the case be heard urgently, in the pub- lic and national interest. In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, the Government said that while it had not filed an appeal to the decision handed down by Judge Francesco Depasquale in the First Chamber of the Civil Court in February, it had responded to a total of ten court applications that had been filed by Steward-related companies. WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 5 APRIL 2023 • ISSUE 838 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 PAGE 5 PAGE 2 Femicide law to be tested in constitutional challenge claiming it is discriminatory MATTHEW AGIUS LAWYERS representing the first man to be accused of the new offence of femicide, after shooting his wife dead last year, are questioning its constitutionality. This emerges from an application to the First Hall of the Civil Court in its constitutional jurisdiction, which was filed this morning on behalf of Roderick Cassar. Cassar, 42, from Qrendi is currently the subject of criminal proceedings, in which he is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Bernice Cassar, from close range at the Corradino industrial estate in Paola, not far from her workplace. Amongst the charges Cassar is facing is that of femi- cide, an aggravated form of the crime of wilful homi- cide, which was introduced into the Criminal Code in 2022, as a result of the public outcry, which followed the murder of Paulina Dembska in Sliema on New Year's Day. Government opposes Steward's request to present new proof in hospitals appeal case First man to be charged with femicide is challenging the legality of the new offence introduced into the Criminal Code in 2022 Trump indicted Former US President Donald Trump is seen here being escorted to the courtroom where he was formally indicted. Trump left his residence in Trump Tower on Wednesday evening to go to the Manhattan district attorney's office in lower Manhattan, where he was formally placed under arrest and in police custody. He was then escorted to the courtroom on the 15th storey of the federal building for his indictment, the first time in history a former US president has been arrested and had charges brought against him.

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