Daphne’s murder: Muscat replies on presidential pardon

Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat
Prime MInister JOseph Muscat

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Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that when someone is given presidential pardon saying that this in the past had only served to help “people walk free”.

Muscat was replying to questions by the media when asked about a potential immunity deal with Vince Muscat, one of the murder suspects in the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.  Muscat did not confirm neither deny that presidential pardon is being considered.

Speaking to the press following a visit to MCAST’s freshers’ week on its campus in Paola, Muscat said that whenever someone was given presidential pardon, this only served to help “people walk free”.

Read: Daphne assassination: identified suspect still unquestioned – STOM

On Sunday, the Sunday Times reported that a prominent businessman is among three potential key suspects, thought to have commissioned the assassination.

Special Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Pieter Omtzigt, criticised heavily the government for not seeking to strike a deal with Muscat for him to turn state’s evidence.

Read: Why is the AG not securing evidence? – Omtzigt

Muscat told the media that he does not ask about details of the investigation, saying that he is only updated when the authorities deem it necessary to inform him. He added that while he will not criticise the press for publishing the story, once specific information is published, it will play into the hands of those behind the murder.

He reiterated that he has full faith in the police force.