A 73-year-old French tour organiser has been charged earlier today over painting red arrows all over Malta & Gozo’s countryside.
These arrows were painted to mark a trail, however they were painted on protected government land and there were no plans made to remove these marks.
Some of the places which runners and cyclists have reported seeing these arrows are Comino, Fomm ir-Riħ, Ras il-Qammieħ, the Red Tower area, Għar Lapsi, Majjistral Nature Park and other places.
Serge Morel-Jean, was given a chance to remove these marks, however he had no success in doing so. He ended up damaging the rocks and walls and flipping rocks over to hide the marks. He was afterwords put under arrested.
Serge was accused of damaging the Majjistral Nature and History Park. He was also accused of breaching environmental protection laws.
The prosecution described this as a “total disaster” and said that repairing the damage he has done will cost around €200,000.
The French has been granted bail and allowed to travel back to France tomorrow only if he gives his contact details, a deposit of €10,000 and a personal guarantee of another €10,000.