The minimum punishment of five years for criminal negligence on the road was removed by Minister Owen Bonnici. The removal came after a celebrated case by Joe (Peppi) Azzopardi over a guilty sentence that sent a woman to jail for killing a man on the road with criminal negligence.
Impunity is a widespread problem in Malta that trickles down from the top echelons of power to the masses as a form of cultural experience. We have become so accustomed to corruption and lack of justice that we have also ended up endorsing impunity with regard to many different acts of wrongdoing. The idea that someone should go to prison has become abhorrent in Malta unless you are a drug dealer or the occasional murderer. For everything else, there’s impunity.