The Malta Independent 17 May 2021, Monday

Investigations into illegal villa party ‘still ongoing’, police say

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 12:05 Last update: about 2 months ago

Investigations into an illegal party that was held last week, in full breach of Covid-19 rules, are still ongoing, a police spokesperson has told The Malta Independent.

Video footage of the party, which took place inside an unidentified villa and was complete with fireworks, went viral on social media on Thursday. The footage was originally uploaded to Instagram. It is believed that the event was held somewhere in Iklin.

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Mass gatherings are currently banned under Covid-19 regulations and private gatherings are limited to just two households. The rules are set to be relaxed later on this month.

Two members of ClubHouse Europe attended the event by the organisation said it was not behind the party and that the event did not take place at its own Iklin villa.

The duo - influencer Joao Coronel and co-founder Zak Grech Fenech – had both apologised for their actions, but asked people to make a distinction between their personal and business lives.  Coronel claimed in his apology that he had been used by the media as clickbait in order to get views.

The police had visited ClubHouse Europe’s premises and confirmed that no party had taken place there, it said.

The police said they were investigating the case together with the Malta Tourism Authority. Replying to questions by this newsroom today, the police force said the investigations have not been concluded yet.

The police are believed to be investigating at least another video of an illegal party that took place inside a private residence over the past couple of days.

Meanwhile, the government has been urged not to allow mass events this summer. The warnings came as at least two mass events – Glitch festival and Lost and Found – are already being marketed online. Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo said there is “no blessing” for any mass events, despite the fact that at least one of the events is sponsored by the MTA.

Malta is set to open for tourism in June.

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