Action expected against Fenech’s legal team

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Police are expected to take action against at least one of the lawyers representing murder suspect Yorgen Fenech, has learnt. The Office of the Attorney General has advised the police that there is sufficient grounds to proceed against the lawyers attempting to bribe a journalist from the Times of Malta.

The police are expected to take action on suspected commercial bribery offences, sources have told this newsroom, for allegedly having attempted to offer money and tried to exert undue influence on Martin.

The Times of Malta had revealed that a member of the murder suspect’s legal team attempted to hand attempted to hand some €1,000 to one of its journalists at the end of a meeting.

Journalist Ivan Martin rejected between two and four €500 notes when they were physically handed to him by lawyer Gianluca Caruana Curran towards the end of a meeting.

Martin said that at the end of the 20-minute meeting in Valletta, also attended by lawyer Charles Mercieca, Caruana Curran handed over the folded €500 notes. The journalist then informed his editorial team.

Caruana Curran admitted that “remuneration was offered”. In a statement, the lawyer had said that the journalist “led us to understand that we could use his services to help neutralise the bias in the reporting in the media. We are obviously not privy to his contract or terms of employment within the Times of Malta. It was only after he was offered remuneration for his services, that he mentioned that he was full time with the Times of Malta.”

Caruana Curran is one of the team defending Fenech who is charged with complicity in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017.

The incident has been condemned by Times of Malta editor, the Institute of Maltese Journalists, and the Chamber of Advocates. The chamber had started an investigation into the case.