The Malta Independent 17 December 2018, Monday

Man fined after being caught with knuckleduster in luggage

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 14:14 Last update: about 30 days ago

A traveller from Tel Aviv spent 34 hours under arrest after a knuckleduster was spotted in his checked-in luggage.

24 year-old Dekel Ovadia from Israel was arraigned under arrest before magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit this morning, accused of importing arms proper under the Arms Act.

Ovadia, who arrived on a flight yesterday, pleaded guilty to the charge.

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“It’s a knuckleduster not a missile,” argued his lawyer, David Gatt, adding that the man had travelled with the weapon around various EU states without any problems, only to end up arrested in Malta.

The court fined the man €695.

Inspector Darren Buhagiar prosecuted.

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