Reports published earlier today in the local media claim that Palumbo Group have requested a prohibitory injunction against the American University of Malta, after claiming that the AUM had sent workers to close off the entrance to dock no. 1 in Bormla.
Same reports have alleged that Palumbo management had explicitly objected to works by AUM, who had tried to cordone off the Macina parking area. News reports also stated that the Palumbo Group had no knowledge of the decision.
During an urgent meeting held between the two parties, an AUM director stated that the land belonged to AUM, as laid out in the agreement with the government. However, Palumbo Group maintained that they have legal access to the area.
Palumbo Group have confirmed with media outlets that they filed the urgent prohibitory injunction, with the magistrate ordering a suspension of the works being carried out.
“The university cannot close off the area, as it is fundamental to the works being carried out by the dock yard,” a Palumbo spokesperson said.
The closing off of the Macina area also did not sit well with residents of the area, leading to an argument which escalated to such an extent that the police had to be summoned to calm down the situation.