The Malta Independent 19 March 2019, Tuesday

Libyan man remanded in custody on charges of rape

Monday, 18 June 2018, 16:00 Last update: about 10 months ago

A Libyan man has been remanded in custody after allegedly raping a Maltese girl whom he had befriended at a Valletta coffee shop.

Mustafa Abu Seadah was arraigned on Sunday by police inspector Daryl Borg, who accused him of rape, holding the 21-year-old victim against her will and slightly injuring her.

The victim had been working at a coffee shop in Valletta frequented by the accused, who made friends with her. The man convinced her to visit his home, where he sexually assaulted her on 12 June . The young woman is understood to have been severely traumatised by the attack.


Abu Seadah denied the charges, his lawyer Mario Buttigieg entering a not guilty plea and requesting bail.

Duty magistrate Francesco Depasquale denied the request and ordered that the man be remanded in custody.

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