The Malta Independent 18 August 2019, Sunday

Updated (3): Threat of a bomb outside law courts building causes disruption in Valletta

Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 08:31 Last update: about 7 months ago

The threat of a bomb caused disruption outside the law courts building in Valletta this morning.

The threat arrived anonyously just after 7am, with members of the Armed Forces of Malta’s Explosives Ordinance Disposal rushing to the scene.

It took more than two hours until the area was searched completely.

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Searches were conducted in the area surrounding the law courts building, including Republic Street, where the entrance is situated, and also in Santa Lucia and Strait Streets which are at the side and back of the building.

Searches were also conducted in establishments, near the Embassy complex which faces the side of the law courts building and around the Great Siege national monument.

It is not the first time that there were bomb scares at the lawcourts. Usually they take place when the courts are in session, that is after 9am.

The area surrounding the law courts was temporarily evacuated and the law courts started their daily sittings later than scheduled.

The stretch in front of the law courts building was condoned off, and a considerable number of people gathered at either end to watch the proceedings (photo).

Some staff at the law courts were alter allowed in before the site and building were declared safe.

Photos Alenka Falzon

The all clear has been given - people allowed to continue their business in Valletta after a bomb threat turned out to be a hoax, and entering the law courts building after it was declared safe

 

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