Two of the men accused of the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have been granted bail in money laundering proceedings but they will still remain behind the bars, having been repeatedly denied bail in the murder case.
Magistrate Joe Mifsud had already granted bail to brothers Alfred (il-Fulu) and George (iċ-Ċiniż) Degiorgio on money laundering charges in October 2018 while Anca Adelina Pop, George’s partner, had been granted bail in a previous sitting.
The Degiorgio brothers filed a court application on 29 March in which they requested bail.
Judge Giovanni Grixti in his decision observed that the bail application filed by George and Alfred Grixti on 29 March merited being upheld since all the prosecution witness had testified in the compilation of evidence still ongoing before Magistrate Joe Mifsud.
The Judge further said that the Attorney General’s worry as to the untrustworthiness of the accused needed to be supported by a degree of evidence, even to a minimum degree.
George and Alfred Degiorgio along with George’s partner Anca Adelina Pop, have been accused of money laundering. The court in various sittings heard about their lavish lifestyles even though the accused were unemployed.
The investigation into Caruana Galizia’s assassination had triggered a separate investigation into suspected money laundering activities, after their bank accounts came under scrutiny.
The court concluded that the accused no longer needed to be held in custody, thereby granting them bail against a deposit of €35,000 each, a personal guarantee of €35,000, as well as a duty to sign the bail book twice.
A curfew betwwen 10pm and 7am was imposed on the two brothers.