Heritage Malta’s attempt to hide Palace theft foiled by The Shift

Aqra bil-Malti

When The Shift asked Heritage Malta to explain the disappearance of valuable vases and a clock from the Palace during opening hours earlier this week, Heritage Malta turned to TVM to announce the theft it had kept secret knowing it could no longer keep it hidden.

The Shift discovered that during the ongoing biennale, three majolica vases and a clock, all of historical value, went missing from a small room next to the Green Room on the first floor of the Palace.

While Heritage Malta Chairman Mario Cutajar and his CEO, Noel Zammit, were immediately informed, they failed to raise the alarm about the second theft of cultural heritage in two months.

Contacted yesterday morning by The Shift and asked to confirm the theft, CEO Noel Zammit stalled. “I am currently driving and in a meeting,” the CEO said. “Please send me an email,” he added.

The report of the theft then appeared on TVM while The Shift’s questions remained unanswered.

Heritage Malta CEO Noel Zammit.

Fully aware that Heritage Malta’s attempts to hide the theft had reached The Shift, Zammit issued a brief statement to the government’s propaganda outlet, PBS, announcing the police were investigating the theft.

In the statement, which was not even sent to The Shift, Zammit confirmed that historical artefacts had gone missing from the Presidential Palace and that the police had been called in to investigate.

Zammit did not mention the date when the theft happened and when the official police report was filed.

The theft from the President’s Palace of cultural heritage held by Heritage Malta is the second in two months.

Last month, two gold medals disappeared from the Maritime Museum in Birgu.

French-era coins which went missing from Heritage Malta’s Maritime Museum in Birgu

On that occasion, Heritage Malta only issued a press release when the man who had taken the medals was apprehended, just a day after the incident happened.

                           

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Jools Seizure
Jools Seizure
1 month ago

A nation of loot and pillage!

Joe fenech
1 month ago

It is clear that no treasure is safe in Malta today.

Carmelo borg
1 month ago

IL BURAS HALQU MAGHLUQ L AQWA LI IDDAHHAL L ELUF MAL PENSJONI HUX HEKK?

Paul Bonello
Paul Bonello
1 month ago

You never know if these artefacts will one day unwittingly surface on some Facebook or Instagram page embellishing some crony’s grand entrance hall. U iva fil każ nghidulu jaghmel apologija u tmut mal-ohrajn. Mhux kulhadd irid ighix specjalment jekk ikun xi politiku li jkun iddedika ruhu ghan nazzjon bhal nghidu ahna l ex Ministru Helena Dalli.

Mark Debono
Mark Debono
1 month ago

Have they checked Gozo? A certain collector of maltese heritage lives there and is known for his shall we say borrowing of said artefacts

Mick
Mick
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Debono

Spot on, Love it.

Mick
Mick
1 month ago

Well the names give it all away Renowned Gahan Brownmouths, who couldn’t tell the time if they were wearing watches hence the non job aides they are allocated from the pool of Gahan followers. Clusterf*** comes to mind.

Claudio
Claudio
1 month ago

Dak kien mohhu biex jaggorna l-profile ta Facebook wara li gie minn holiday mela biex jirrispondi lix-Shift News jew. L-aqwa li taw balla promotions lil nies inkompetenti ghax tal-qalba. Xejn sew!! Amateurs

Belinda Mifsud
Belinda Mifsud
1 month ago

The whole island is falling apart there is no more care being given to our valuable heritage

Wish
Wish
1 month ago

Well done Shift!

Let’s see how long it takes to find the missing items!

Last edited 1 month ago by Wish
Josette Portelli
Josette Portelli
1 month ago

Well done and thanks theshiftnews. You are for sure a thorn in flesh!!

makjavel
makjavel
1 month ago

So no CCTV , No resignations , No searches , No arrests, So our National Heritage has become a Grab and Walk out organisation?

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