The Malta Independent 25 October 2020, Sunday

Five migrants jailed for 30 months over Safi detention centre riot

Saturday, 3 October 2020, 14:05 Last update: about 22 days ago

Five migrants who were involved in a riot at the Safi detention centre on 18 September have been jailed for 30 months.

The accused - Atshaha Atewarki, 21, from Eritrea, and Sudanese nationals Kitu Adam, 22, Baher Aden, 24, Ali Nabil, 18 and Radu Good Deng, 25 – had initially pleaded not guilty but changed their plea on Friday.

The men were part of a group of 27 arraigned on 19 September. The police had also arraigned a private security officer and charged with him attempted murder after he fired an unlicensed shotgun during the riot.

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The five men were charged with damaging third party property and causing over €2,500 in damage, taking part in an unlawful assembly of more than ten people to commit an offence, disobeying police orders, breaching the peace and of having, together with other people, set a mattress on fire. 

When they were first arraigned, the men pleaded not guilty. However, on Friday, after the court heard a number of witnesses, they changed their plea to guilty.

In view of this, the court, presided over by magistrate Ian Farrugia, handed down a 30-month jail term to each of the men.

Inspector Janetta Grixti prosecuted. Lawyer Christopher Chircop was legal aid. 

 

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