The Malta Independent 3 February 2023, Friday
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Updated: No public inquiry into Sofia death: Who is the PM trying to defend? – PN asks

Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech asked who is Prime Minister Robert Abela defending given that there will be no public inquiry into the death of a young man following to collapse of a building...

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PA funds new educational centre on footprint of former Attard railway station

The community of Attard will soon benefit from a new cultural and educational centre which is being built on the original footprint and recalling past proportions of the former railway station at...

TMID Editorial: The responsibility of 16-year-olds

A comment made by a magistrate during a recent court sitting has created some debate, which later also involved the Prime Minister. The magistrate, Donatella Frendo Dimech, during a sitting in...

latest comment from Mark Said., 02/02/2023 12:33: Indeed, as regards children and the criminal law, Article 17 of the Charter requires that the age of criminal responsibility must not be too low. Furthermore, the criminal procedure relating to children and young persons must be adapted to their age. Minors should only exceptionally be remanded in custody and only for serious offences and should in such cases be separated from adults. Prison sentences should only exceptionally be imposed on young offenders. They should only be for a short duration and the length of sentence must be laid down by a court. Likewise, pretrial detention should not be of an excessive duration. Young offenders should not serve their sentence together with adult prisoners. But, above all, as Prime Minister Abela correctly pointed out, the reason our law grants minors an attenuation to minors is due to considerations tied with the charter of the Council of Europe. This is the only consideration. The European Committee of Social Rights had found the situation in Malta, Turkey and the United Kingdom to be in violation of Article17 as the age of criminal responsibility is manifestly too low. Of course, what can be considered as too low, I contend, should never be dictated to us by a foreign body, more so if there are particular circumstances in a particular State that would justify lowering the age of criminal responsibility from the current one of 16 years. A draft amendment can be proposed in order to curb juveniles' impulse to commit crimes by lowering the age to 12, but, still, it is highly dubious whether this adjustment will be effective. Neither incarcerating them like ordinary criminals nor directly setting them free without consequence is the best choice. We now urgently need an effective correctional education system for delinquents, plus more friendly social and family environments for them to grow up in. Preventive measures are more important in deterring crime when it comes to minors, as they are still at the starting line of l
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Prime Minister indicates there will be no public inquiry into Jean Paul Sofia’s death for now

Prime Minister Robert Abela has indicated that no public inquiry will be called to look into the death of Jean Paul Sofia.  Abela was responding to a parliamentary question filed by PN MP...

APS Bank fined €228,706 by FIAU, bank will not appeal and says ‘remediation' done in past years

APS Bank has been fined €228,706 by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit over an inspection which took place in 2020. The FIAU found in its inspection that there were breaches in the...

Updated (2): PN says Abela should withdraw comments on courts and apologise, PL replies

The Nationalist Party is calling on the Prime Minister to withdraw the comments he made about the judiciary last Sunday, and apologise publicly for the “irresponsible and dangerous”...

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Updated: MUT says educator assaulted by student in Gozo school

The Malta Union of Teachers said that an educator was assaulted in a school in Gozo on Tuesday. In a statement, the MUT said the educator was attacked by a student and ended up with a broken arm...

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