Daphne’s Murder: Iċ-Ċiniż given access to police interrogation transcripts

Miguela Xuereb

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Transcripts of police interrogations recorded as part of the investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder were made available to one of the three suspects.

George Degiorgio known as iċ-Ċiniż has been asking for a copy of the transcripts of intercepted phone calls since August. He took the matter to court after the transcripts were not exhibited before the Magistrate’s Courts while evidence was compiled. It is understood that he listened to a portion of those recorded phone calls during the police interrogation.

Mr Justice Toni Abela opened the envelope containing the transcripts in the presence of both parties during the hearing on Tuesday. He made it clear that the transcripts detail the events of the interrogation, adding that access was strictly granted to the parties to the case.

The court’s order comes just days after a Criminal Court heard that defence counsel William Cuschieri who is appearing for the Degiorgio brothers sent a copy of the FBI report to an American company extraneous to the case.

George Degiorgio has filed an application before the Constitutional Court challenging the legality of phone tapping. This followed a judicial protest in which he asked the Police Chief and the Attorney General to exhibit the recordings and transcripts of the phone calls.

Iċ-Ċiniż along with his brother Alfred il-Fulu, and Vincent Muscat il-Koħħu, stand accused of murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017.

The case continues on 22 November.