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MCAST official on particular depart sues Malta Right now for libel

ByEditorialTeam

Sep 20, 2022

A excessive rating MCAST official on paid particular depart for the previous three years is suing Malta Right now for libel after being focused by two articles based mostly upon “completely unfounded and untruthful assertions” in her regard. 

Josephine Abdilla, former head of human sources on the school, filed a defamation go well with in opposition to Matthew Vella, as government editor of Malta Right now and the creator of each tales revealed each on-line and in print earlier in August. 

The primary article, on August 8, was titled “Whistleblowers pressured to pick out favoured MCAST academics”. The second, revealed per week later, was “Bribery allegation was ‘joke’ but former MCAST government should be on payroll”.

A proper of reply by Abdilla’s lawyer, Andrew Borg Cardona, was revealed by the media home following the publication of the primary article. 

The previous MCAST official has now taken her grievances to court docket, claiming that these tales pivoted upon “completely unfounded and untruthful assertions” that have been meant solely to tarnish her repute.

The applicant’s attorneys are claiming that such “severe inaccuracies” and “malicious fabrications” amounted to “deliberate character assassination” and have been requesting the court docket to declare each articles defamatory in Abdilla’s regard and to liquidate damages payable by the respondent. 

Malta Right now claimed to have relied on a report by a board of inquiry arrange by the Ministry of Schooling, but Abdilla “has by no means been given a replica” of these conclusions which seem to not have been revealed, her attorneys mentioned in a public assertion following upon the submitting of the libel go well with. 

Furthermore, the previous HR head was nonetheless suspended on full pay, mentioned her attorneys, additional highlighting the truth that the creator of the articles cited “unnamed sources”.

Given the scarce particulars, the applicant couldn’t absolutely rebut all allegations which might, nonetheless, be tackled in-depth earlier than the courts. 

Attorneys Andrew Borg Cardona and Matthew Cutajar signed the applying. 

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