A bill for the removal of prescription on acts of political corruption has been approved by MPs at committee stage, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced today. Parliamentary secretary for justice Owen Bonnici thanked the Labour parliamentary group and Opposition MPs, whom he said came forward with their suggestions to the bill. The draft bill was read for the first time on 10 April, less than a month since the Prime Minister first appointed his executive. The bill effectively abrogates the right of ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MPs, mayors and councillors to use prescription when charged with corruption. The State will also be permitted to file civil action to recoup assets that an elected official would have acquired from monies derived from corruption.