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TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 18 JUNE 2023 • ISSUE 1233 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY MCAST Mosta 25 June 5pm - 9pm Open Day MCAST Paola 23 June 6pm - 10pm Join us on campus to find out all about student life at MCAST Experts say police are obliged to follow up Gordon Manché's complaints PAGES 10 & 11 Meet 4-year-old Kate Ferriggi, one of only 200 people worldwide suffering Tatton- Brown-Rahman Syndrome PAGE 8 A rare syndrome River of charges Leading a 'Green' party maltatoday Virgin land half the size of Valletta could be lost to development Several parcels of land added to the development zones in 2006 await the Planning Authority's verdict, MaltaToday exercise shows For AD chair SANDRA GAUCI, being 'green' is not the only focus INTERVIEW MT2 PAGES 8 & 9 JAMES DEBONO VIRGIN land covering an area equivalent to half of Valletta, or 33 football grounds, added to development zones in 2006 could be ruined, a MaltaToday exercise reveals. The Planning Authority has 16 pending zoning applications for parcels of land released for de- velopment 17 years ago across several localities. The green land awaiting the authority's verdict is equivalent to 264,000sq.m or an area cover- ing the width of the Valletta pen- insula from parliament all the way down to Archbishop Street. For this exercise, MaltaToday used information available to the public on the PA website. The pending applications only cover a part of the land area added to the development zones in 2006. These lands require develop- ers to first seek the PA's guid- ance on how the area should be zoned. A zoning application for a large tract of land at Nigret in Żurrieq - which is not included in this exercise – was approved by the PA recently paving the way for developers to apply for the construction of residential units. The pending applications in- clude two large tracts of land in the Swatar area of Msida and large area at Tad-Dib in Mosta. When faced with criticism over this development spree, government ministers read from the same hymn book and blame the 2006 rationalisation exercise. They claim government risks costly litigation if it reverses de- velopment boundaries. Planning Minister Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi and Envi- ronment Minister Miriam Dalli repeated the same argument when the PA was deciding on a zoning application in their Zur- rieq constituency recently. They pointed a finger at the Nationalist administration of 2006, leaving constituents op- posed to the loss of agricultural land without an answer. €1.95 Jurors acquit two men charged with Albert Brian Rosso murder MATTHEW AGIUS & MATTHEW FARRUGIA ANTHONY Bugeja and Piero Di Bar- tolo have been acquitted following a trial by jury on Saturday regarding the murder of Albert Brian Rosso, who disappeared in 2005 and whose body was never found. Albert Brian Rosso disappeared in 2005 PAGE 2 SEE STORY ON PAGES 13 TO 15 Planning Minister Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi

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