Board of inquiry accepts request to obtain Cardona’s mobile data

Maltese Economy Minister Chris Cardona arrives to attend a parliamentary meeting in Valletta, Malta, December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

On Tuesday evening, the Board of Inquiry relating to the assassination of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia accepted the family lawyers’ request to obtain the TAP3 files which were presented in the libel case opened by Economy Minister Chris Cardona. 

The board of public inquiry charged with probing Caruana Galizia’s murder has decided that it will be preserving the TAP3 mobile network files pertaining to Chris Cardona’s location during his infamous trip to Germany in January 2017.

The files relate to claims published by Caruana Galizia on her blog that Cardona was at a German brothel, the FKK Acapulco, while on government business during an official visit to Germany in 2017.

At the hearing of the Public Inquiry on 6 December, attorney Therese Cachia Comodini asked whether the board held a copy of the documents submitted in the case of Chris Cardona, presided by Magistrate Francesco Depasquale.

She stated that the TAP3 files can give an indication of whether this information could have put Caruana Galizia’s life at greater risk. Cardona had dropped the libel case against the journalist.

Comodini Cachia added that they wanted to investigate whether the police seriously and effectively considered the risk that the journalist was in.