Almiri pleads not guilty

Updated 04:12 PM
qtil Santa Luċija Victor McKeon

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Samir Almiri, suspected of the murder of 62-year-old Victor Mckeon pleaded ‘not guilty’ during his arraignment in court Thursday afternoon before Magistrate Neville Camilleri. He is being held in custody.

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Almiri is the main suspect in the murder of 62-year-old Victor McKeon. The case goes back to 17 March when the body of McKeon was found in an advanced stage of decomposition at his apartment in Santa Luċija. The autopsy results revealed blows to the head and suffocation as causes of death.

McKeon’s body was found wrapped in taped black bags in the bathroom.

Following the murder, the Libyan national had reportedly escaped to Morocco where he was eventually arrested in Casablanca.

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Almiri arrived in Malta from Morocco last Tuesday, 1 December at night. He was escorted by the Major Crimes Unit and Special Intervention unit.

The 38- year-old Libyan national, with no fixed address in Malta. In this regard the Court ordered that the accused be held in custody.

Superintendent Keith Arnaud and inspector Wayne Camilleri prosecuted, assisted by Dr George Camilleri and Dr Karl Muscat from the Attorney General’s Office. Dr Leontine Calleja was legal aid counsel to the accused.

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