Court expert Martin Bajada will be testifying on the 7th March in the next compilation of evidence in the case of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The Court meanwhile clarified that the footage linking the boat Maya to the accused is not clear enough to identify the person, although it was assumed that the person in question was George Degiorgio.
Judge Toni Abela yesterday refused to use his constitutional powers to prevent Bajada from testifying in Court. The three men accused of the assassination George Degiorgio (iċ-Ċiniż), Alfred Degiorgio (il-Fulu) and Vince Muscat (il-Koħħu) protested in Court and asked for the court expert Martin Bajada to not be allowed to testify. The lawyer from the office of the Attorney General said that this is the ninth case for the same compilation of evidence, insisting that it is all an abuse of the Constitution.
In today’s compilation of evidence, Captain Reuben Lanfranco said while being cross-examined by defence lawyer William Cuschieri, that the boat Maya belongs to the accused, so the person seen in the video is probably him. This was in brackets in a concluding paragraph in the Captain’s report which was pointed out by the lawyer.
A Lawyer from the Office of the Attorney General explained to the Court that the defence asked for Vodafone cell tower data to be processed. This involved processing a large amount of data, something which hasn’t been done before. The lawyer continued to explain that he needs the Court’s direction to be able to process the information.
The defence lawyer then asked for someone from Vodafone to take to the stand so that the question is addressed to them. The representative is expected to explain to the Court how the data is processed. Vodafone was asked to provide the data, but not process it because this would be illegal.
Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a bomb while driving out of her home on the 16th October 2017 in Bidnija. Lawyers Jason Azzopardi, Eve Borg Costanzi, and Therese Comodini Cachia are there as parte civile. While the Prosecution is led by Inspector Keith Arnaud. The defence lawyers are Martin Fenech, William Cuschieri, and Josette Sultana. The case is being presided by Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit.