Daphne’s Murder: Police top brass requested to testify in constitutional case

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One of the suspected murderers of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia wants the Head of Security Services, the Commissioner of Police and lead Police investigator to testify in a Constitutional case he instituted challenging the validity of the phone tapping laws.

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Mr Justice Toni Abela, presiding over the First Hall of the Civil Court, upheld a request by the family of the slain family to intervene in the suit.

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Caruana Galizia was assassinated outside her family home on Monday 16 October 2017. Three men have been formally charged in connection to the murder. Brothers George (iċ-Ċiniż) and Alfred (il-Fulu) Degiorgio, and Vince Muscat (il-Koħħu).

Lawyer William Cuschieri appearing for George Degiorgio had asked the court to exhibit transcripts of statements by the three accused found in the acts of the compilation of evidence before Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit.

In August, the Degiorgio brothers had called on the authorities to produce evidence of telephone intercepts. When the intercepts were not exhibited, Degiorgio filed a constitutional case challenging the validity of the phone tapping law itself.

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The phone intercepts had led the police to the arrest of brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio and Vince Muscat.

Two full-day sittings have been fixed for November.

Lawyers Victoria Buttigieg and Maurizio Cordina from the Attorney General’s Office assisted the respondents. Lawyers Therese Comodini Cachia and Karol Aquilina assisted the Caruana Galizia family.