New revelations on a story which took Malta by storm over the weekend emerged from court this morning after a 35-year-old man was charged in relation to the viral, explicit ‘Feliċ’ video.
The Birżebbuġa man – deliveryman Mark Cachia Zammit – was charged with the spreading of sexually-explicit videos without the involved peoples’ consent and misuse of electronic equipment… but he reportedly told police that the man and woman who were filmed actually “enjoyed the attention they were getting”.
Pleading not guilty to the charges, the man said he had not only removed the videos from his phone, but had even called up the victim the following day to ask him “if he needed anything”.
The victim reportedly answered him by notifying him about a police advice to not contact the accused, to which the 35-year-old man answered that “it wasn’t a problem” and that he was alright with that arrangement “as long as he’s OK”.
The footage – which was filmed at a boċċi club in Luqa and was reported to the police last Friday 15th September – was shared on countless Maltese messaging threads, with the whole thing quickly viral over the weekend.
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The series of videos, which show a man atop a vehicle in public exposing his penis as others cheer him on, eventually lead to a bar scene. In the bar, several men can be seen dining, before the camera turn and shows a man and woman having intercourse in various positions. The videos shows the crowd egging on the pair, especially the male, to continue performing.
This might not even be the end of the story, with other people potentially being charged in court relating to the case. Until then, the 35-year-old man was released from arrest, with his defence quoting him as having told police the victims “enjoyed the attention they were getting” while being filmed.
With no risk of tampering of evidence and a police investigation still ongoing, lawyers Jason Azzopardi and Kris Busietta argued in favour of the man’s release, while the prosecution – led by Inspector Kurt Farrugia and Paul Camilleri – argued that he had lied more than once, even initially saying he wasn’t the person who actually filmed the video before retracting this claim.
By the end of the sitting, however, the man was released upon a €1,000 deposit, a €6,000 personal guarantee, and the condition that he signs a bail book at the Birżebbuġa Police Station. He was also ordered to not approach the victims and other witnesses involved, with a protection order being issued in favour of the victims.
What do you make of this latest development to the viral saga?