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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 Newspaper post WEDNESDAY • 30 MARCH 2016 • ISSUE 462 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL PAGE 9 MATTHEW VELLA ALTERNATTIVA Demokratika will not sway from its political path as a member of the European green family, after members of the Green Party met with independent MP Marlene Farrugia, who is planning her own centre-left formation. Sources told MaltaToday that Far- rugia, a former Labour MP, is the only face in the new political force and that members of its core group have never been involved in politics. AD deputy chairperson Carmel Cacopardo has revealed that his party has been involved in talks with Farrugia, supporting the crea- tion of another third party that can challenge the Maltese duopoly. "The structure of this formation is still unclear but it would being together AD with volunteers who are gathering around Farrugia," Ca- copardo wrote. Former AD chairperson Michael Briguglio, a local councillor, tweet- ed that any changes in AD's struc- ture should be decided upon dem- ocratically. And on Facebook, he warned that without an ideological orientation or internal democracy, Farrugia's party would go the way of Italy's Five Star Movement, led by comedian Beppe Grillo. But a party source has told Malta- Today that AD is looking for "con- tinuity". "AD has its own policies and no- body is thinking about resetting the clock. A party has to be based on ideology and Farrugia's formation so far is a pot-pourri of opinions that is really only anchored by an 'anti-corruption' agenda." PAGE 8 Farrugia's 'anti-corruption' party still bereft of ideological direction – sources Five years for corruption of minor MATTHEW AGIUS A 47-year-old Msida man has been jailed for five years for cor- rupting a minor after a magistrate was shown footage from his mo- bile phone showing his partner's 14-year old daughter performing sex acts on him. The man, who cannot be named, had been charged with corrupting a minor, participating in sexual activity with a minor, violent indecent assault and mak- ing a video recording of an inde- cent act. The accused's partner had gone to the police headquarters in Floriana, accompanied by her daughter and her partner's two children in November 2012 to inform the authorities that they were in possession of video clips showing the girl performing oral sex on a man. Although only the man's feet and genitals are visible in the video, the girl told the po- lice that the man she was pleasur- ing was the accused and that she had performed the acts on him on approximately seven occasions between January and September 2012, in his bedroom. PAGE 2 Thake on PN's loan scheme: 'Nothing in life is guaranteed' MIRIAM DALLI THE Nationalist Party's initiative to seek financing from small loans of €10,000 on an interest rate of 4%, does not oblige the party to publish the names of its creditors because the scheme is not a dona- tion. At a compound interest rate of 4%, the principal €10,000 would rise to €14,802 after 10 years. "We will do what the law re- quires us to do," PN secretary- general Rosette Thake told re- porters, skirting questions as to whether the PN will keep its cred- itors' names secret or not. Malta's party financing law con- siders only loans granted to po- litical parties at more favourable rates than commercial loans, as donations. When asked whether she felt the PN should publish the names for the sake of transparency, Thake replied: "this is a private contract between the party and an indi- vidual." PN secretary-general says party is not obliged to reveal names of people who loan money to it PAGE 4 Greens balk over unclear policies in Farrugia party Marlene Farrugia – only face in the new political force Rosette Thake and Clyde Puli

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