Two men taken to court after swordfish catch
A fish shop owner and a fisherman were taken to court on Friday and accused of associating themselves with various people to commit an offense while on board the ship Marie de Lourdes.
The fisherman, Sammy Vella 34-years old of Marsaxlokk, was accused of failing to notify the authorities that when he would return to port, he had swordfish in the boat which was for sale.
On the other hand, the former player Darren Debono, 40-years old of San Gwann, was charged for assisting Vella unloading the swordfish off the boat.
Both pleaded not guilty and were granted bail against a deposit of € 3,000 and a personal guarantee of € 15,000.
Towards the end of the hearing, lawyer Giannella de Marco, who appeared for Debono, informed the court that her client will be going abroad to Libya on work. De Marco said that her client lives and works in Malta, and so there is no fear that he will escape from Malta.
Magistrate Miriam Hayman granted the request of lawyer de Marco.
The Court rejected the request of Attorney Michael Sciriha, who appeared for Vella, that his passport and identity card to remain in his possession. Dr Sciriha made this request because Vella would not be able to fish in waters which are outside the territory of Malta.
The Court, however, since it had already gave the order, dismissed his plea.
The prosecution in this case was conducted by Inspector Jurgen Vella.