By writer to timesofmalta.com
A lady who claimed that an operation in Germany throughout which she was as a result of donate a kidney to her father was cancelled after her passport was stolen, has misplaced a court docket case for cost of damages.
The lady, Nehad Khalifa, a Libyan who lives in Malta, instructed a court docket she had been purchasing at a Sliema purchasing centre in March 2016 and had her bag stolen when she went to the restroom.
She mentioned the bag contained her passport, a hoop, financial institution playing cards and different paperwork.
Khalifa mentioned that on account of the theft, she and her father couldn’t journey to Germany for an operation throughout which she was to donate a kidney to him, as a result of she couldn’t get hold of a brand new passport till one yr had elapsed.
The cancellation of the journey meant that the household had additionally misplaced a subsidy of €47,500 for the operation from the Libyan authorities. The household might additionally now not afford to pay for the operation themselves as a result of that they had misplaced a worthwhile enterprise in Libya owing to the rebellion of 2012.
CCTV footage of the shopping center confirmed a lady, Maria Scicluna, enter the restroom with one bag and emerge with two. Scicluna initially denied stealing the bag however admitted to the theft when she was charged in court docket. She nonetheless denied realizing something about Khalifa’s passport.
After listening to witnesses, Mr Justice Lawrence Mintoff in handing down judgement mentioned there that whereas Scicluna had admitted to stealing the bag, no proof had been offered to the court docket in regards to the operation which was allegedly to be held in Germany.
Moreover, a Libyan consular official had testified that it was now not a requirement for a yr to run out earlier than a passport was changed. The court docket additionally discovered no proof of the help promised by the Libyan authorities for the operation. Moreover, with the affected person having been granted refugee standing, he’s eligible for medical providers in Malta, the place he’s receiving dialysis. No proof had been offered on the worth of different gadgets within the bag.
Due to this fact, the court docket mentioned, no cost of damages was due.
Legal professionals Shazoo Ghaznavi and Helen Caruana had been defence counsel.
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