The Malta Independent 20 June 2021, Sunday

Police to charge three in relation to illegal villa party

Friday, 30 April 2021, 12:16 Last update: about 3 months ago

Three people are expected to be charged in court over the organisation of a lockdown-breaching birthday party earlier this month.

The birthday party, which took place earlier this month and was exposed after some attendees uploaded footage online, drew mass outrage as it took place while a semi-lockdown was in place – with household gatherings supposedly restricted to no more than two households.

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Police had said that they were investigating the case together with the Malta Tourism Authority, and a spokesperson has now told the Times of Malta that three people will be charged in connection with the illegal event.

It is not clear exactly when they will be charged and what the charges themselves will be, however anyone caught organising mass events under the current Covid-19 regulations is liable to a 3,000 fine.

Two people – a social media influencer Joao Coronel who is one of the people who are part of Clubhouse Europe, and Clubhouse Europe’s co-founder Zak Grech Fenech – had already publicly admitted to attending the party.

They apologised for their actions, although they asked people to separate their personal lives from their business lives, while Coronel said that he had been used by the media for clickbait.

The party is understood to be a birthday party, and took place at a villa in Burmarrad.

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