More than half of the traffic police in the southern European island of Malta have been arrested on corruption charges. They were arrested on Tuesday on multiple charges, including use of fake spare hours or overtime, using government fuel oil in private cars. The news has surfaced on international media on Wednesday (February 12th), the New York Times reported. Police said the number of members of the Malta Traffic Police Unit is 50. 30 of them showed hundreds of hours of overtime on paper in three years. In fact, they did not perform any duties at that time. Malta police’s Economic Crimes Unit is interrogating them.
Some officials have used fuel oil in private cars that were allocated for public works. Traffic police reduced the number of traffic on Tuesday morning due to the arrest of more than half the officers. Therefore, the former traffic police were called in to carry out their duties.
Prime Minister Robert Abela said it was good that the police were investigating against his manpower. “It’s making sure we have a police force at work,” he said. If these investigations suggest that the accused be taken to court or taken disciplinary action against them, then that will be the case. ”Malta, the smallest country in the European Union, has recently begun to accuse politicians and businessmen of widespread corruption, nepotism and financial scandal.