Experts explain how Maya was identified in Caruana Galizia case

Ian Noel Pace

Experts explained exactly how they identified the boat, Maya, citing that they are certain it is the right one because the market is extremely limited, and there is only one Wellcraft Martinique 2800 with these characteristics.

This following developments in the Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination case where in the past days Court decided to allow Martin Bajada to remain the Court appointed expert after his involvement led to a constitutional application being filed by one of the accused’s.

Expert Keith Cutajar testified that he had worked with Captain Reuben Lanfranco, explaining that there are many photos which show the particular boat Maya. Lawyer William Cuschieri asked if it was in fact the same boat, and he said they are incredibly similar and the question should be directed towards the captain. The Captain in turn said that the kind of boat it is, plus the green colour of the tent, the searchlight on top, and the particular place for the fender leave little doubt it is the boat in question.

Police Officials from the Forensic Department said they worked with Europol to extract and analyse finger prints found in various places and presented their findings. A former Police Sergeant appointed as a Court Expert also presented a number of pieces of evidence including pieces of plastic and 11 CDs of material. Ballistics experts then explained that they made a catalogue of pistols they were given by the Police.

After a short break, the group of nine Police Officials who make up the forensic team working on the case entered the Court to testify. Inspector Charlot Casha, the team’s coordinator, explained how their report was structured, including communication and collaboration with Dutch experts. The Inspector also spoke of the tent erected to preserve the quality of the evidence at the crime scene, pointing out the procedures taken to ensure that everything is documented on the way to Court.

Caruana Galizia was murdered on the 16th October 2017 when a car bomb went off just as she was driving away from her Bidnija residence. The three men accused with her murder are George Degiorgio (iċ-Ċiniż), Alfred Degiorgio (il-Fulu), and Vincent Muscat (il-Koħħu). The case is being presided by Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit.