The proceedings against murder suspect Yorgen Fenech resumed today. 17Black owner and former Electrogas director stands accused with complicity in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
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The Magistrate proposes that the next court sitting be on the 28th of December at 10am.
Arnaud says that the exact phone taps to be presented must be identified, with reference to which period.
The Court agrees that the next session sees a secret service representative testify in Court.
The Court orders the defense to submit a request in writing, also with reference to the phone taps.
The defense states that their client wants that all information is presented. Meanwhile, it considers Theuma's partner as a person of interest in the investigations since there is a recording of her speaking to Theuma about the murder.
The defense says that Theuma's partner and other members of the family have talked about the case.
Arnaud reiterates that he is uncomfortable sharing the names of certain persons in front of the defense, when they are still being investigated.
Inspector Arnaud asks that they explain exactly which recording they're referring to, while saying that the prosecution has presented all proof
The defense makes reference to the recordings where Theuma's partner's daughter is heard making references to the recordings that are relevant to the case.
Magistrate Montebello is scheduling the next session for the counter examination of Arnaud, as well as for the testimony of a secret services official.
The inquiring Magistrate is the one who decides what's relevant in this case. The inquiring Magistrate is also the one leading the inquiry into Melvin Theuma and his finances.
Magistrate Montebello once again makes an emphasis that only data relevant to the case be presented.
Fenech tells his lawyers that he agrees.
The defense says that personal information can be omitted.
Arnaud suggests that he asks the relevant Magistrate to present the data only pertinent to these investigations.
The defense asks that Theuma's partner's daughter's laptop be presented. The Magistrate says that the Magistrate concerned with this matter has not given authorisation.
Mercieca discusses Fenech's bail, saying that the defense is not the prosecution's slave.
The Magistrate approves the request, and says that the next session will be longer to ensure that this can happen.
Mercieca states that at this point, the defense team is suspending the counter examination and asks that it be allowed to ask further questions in the next session.
The defense team is in consultation. Yorgen Fenech is also consulting.
The prosecution objects. The Court orders they not be named as it may harm the investigations.
The defense asked the witness to say the names of those whose conversations were recorded on their phones.
Arnaud states he cannot answer these questions as they fall under the secret service's remit.
Arnaud says that the investigation isn't about what he's heard, but the proof. He says that no, he hasn't.
Mercieca asks whether he's heard about phone intercepts with reference to Lawrence Cutajar.
Arnaud says that the mutterings of the defense team are bothering him.
The Magistrate orders that names aren't published.
Arnaud answers that yes there was.
Mercieca asks whether phone taps were done on several other people, including Keith Schembri.
Mercieca asks whether there was photo data included in the phone tap done on Edwin Brincat.
Mercieca asks when Arnaud plans to present service provider data. Arnaud responds that he cannot yet, and that he is waiting for the Court to order him to do so.
Keith Arnaud remains on the witness stand to be counter examined.
Mercieca shakes his head as Montebello speaks to him. The Magistrate tells Mercieca that this is not permissible in Court.
The Magistrate suspends the testimony.
The superintendent remains on the witness stand.
Mercieca asks to counter-examine the witness.
Arnaud says that there is already an identical request presented by the defense.
The Magistrate states that proof will not be presented haphazardly.
Mercieca: "Could you provide service provider data?"
The Magistrate orders that such information not be revealed as it can be harmful to investigations.
Mercieca asks that he testify behind closed doors. Arnaud says that he will not reveal their names, even behind closed doors.
The Magistrate intervenes: "What sort of question is that?"
Mercieca asks Arnaud why he felt the need to ask for the secret service's help. Arnaud answers that that's what he felt was appropriate. Mercieca asks again why he felt that way.
Arnaud states he cannot reveal this as there are persons involved in the secret service.
Mercieca asks Arnaud on the identities of the task force members that were aware of phone tappings on those close to Theuma.
When asked about the other persons, Arnaud says that he cannot reveal who they are as investigations are still ongoing.
Arnaud explains that he asked for their help because he felt that some people needed to be followed, such as Theuma and the Degiorgio brothers.
Arnaud states that he doesn't ask secret service officials on who they're phone tapping, as it doesn't fall under his remit.
The Magistrate orders the witness to remain silent, as the question is irrelevant.
Mercieca asks about the identity of the secret service official who has certain phone taps.
The Magistrate tells the defense that the Court's rules apply to everyone. She restates that the witness is being counter-examined and that this wasn't outlined prior.
Mercieca says that the recordings mention allegations of a frame-up.
Magistrate Montebello tells him that it depends on how he works his questions.
Mercieca says that the official prosecutor ought to know certain details of the investigation, and asks why the defense cannot ask about these.
The defense asks whether the prosecution will be presenting phone tabs of those mentioned in the recordings.
Mercieca says that the proof shows otherwise.
Arnaud states that he doesn't want to testify on things that concern the security service, as he isn't a part of it.
Arnaud states that reference must be made only to the recordings found in Theuma's box, and on the laptop.
The defense replies that it wants the witness to testify in general.
The Magistrate objects to this, saying that the Court pretends that the defense asks for what it wants.
The Magistrate asks the defense on what matters it wants the witness to testify today.
Yorgen Fenech excuses himself. The Magistrate excuses him, but states that the session will continue.
The Court ordered that authorisation be obtained to present all remaining recordings.
The defense states that almost a year has passed, and yet not all the recordings have been presented.
Mercieca states that investigations must speed up, as Fenech has been imprisoned since 2017.
She states that the defense cannot pretend to want to follow procedure by objecting to things being presented outside the recourse's outline, and then asks that the witness know specific details that are also outside of the recourse's outline.
The Magistrate notes that the witness did not come prepared to provide specific details.
Mercieca continues questioning Arnaud. The Magistrate asks him to clarify why he's still asking questions as the witness is answering in an exhaustive manner.
Mercieca makes a remark with reference to Zahra.
The Magistrate orders Mercieca to stop making such remarks during every session.
Inspector Kurt Zahra intervenes, saying that Mercieca's questions are counter-examinatory, when it was the defense that asked Arnaud to testify.
Arnaud says that works regarding the recordings are ongoing, but are nearing the finish line.
Long interrogations have been conducted with the persons mentioned in the recordings.
Arnaud says investigations are ongoing into these same people.
The Court orders that the names of the people mentioned in the recordings not be published.
Arnaud states that he followed protocol. As of July and August, they had still been listening to the testimony of the people in these recordings.
Mercieca asks why Arnaud didn't give a copy of these recordings to the defense.
Arnaud states he isn't sure, but that there is definitely mention of it in the recordings found in Theuma's box.
Mercieca asks whether there's mention of Theuma's presidential pardon in the recordings found on the laptop.
Arnaud states that he hasn't made a copy of the recordings on the laptop.
Lawyer Charles Mercieca makes reference to a box of recordings with a picture of Theuma with Keith Schembri.
The laptop was analysed in January 2020.
Arnaud explains that first priority was given to the box of recordings held by Theuma. They only analysed other devices afterwards.
Arnaud said that he has no problem with obtaining authorisation, saying that these will be presented as the other recordings have.
Arnaud states that the recordings were in a different device, and not on Theuma's.
Arnaud thinks that the recordings were found on Theuma's partner's daughter's laptop.
He said that he cannot present such recordings as they are still part of an ongoing inquiry and he has not authorisation to do so.
The defense asks Arnaud to present recordings found afterwards.
Superintendent Keith Arnaud steps up to the witness stand.
The Court orders Cardona to testify another time.
The defense insists that today's session is regarding the recourse.
Azzopardi states that the position of the defense has changed since July.
The defense objects and asks that the Court follows protocol.
The Court states that the witness must present that which was outlined in the defense's recourse.
Attorney Jason Azzopardi asks why is it that the work that has already been completed by the expert anyway is not to be presented, pointing out that the expert is appointed by the Court not by the defense.
Cardona states that a hard drive is left to be presented.
The third pen drive has been presented.
Cardona has been asked to testify again.
She passed two pen drives on to the transcribers and kept one for the Court.
She states that the Court expert, Cardona, had given her the pen drives holding the recordings. She issued a receipt as proof of her having received them.
The Court's deputy registrar, Graziella Attard, is up for testimony.
The defense states that it has no questions at this stage.
Debattista is explaining how the recordings were transcribed, and how they checked each others' work.
They transcribed 8 recordings that were presented to them by the Court's deputy registrar.
They have 4 copies of the transcriptions.
The transcribers have been asked to transcribe the voice recordings that were saved by the Court expert on pendrives.
He stated that certain parts had to be censored. He presented a report and the DVD copies to the Court. All parties are to receive copies of these DVDs, 6 in total.
Mr. Cardona, tasked with making DVD copies of Theuma's testimony, is now testifying.
The Court has ordered that their testimony not be reported.
Arnaud confirms that they are.
The Magistrate has walked in. She asks Inspector Arnaud whether the 3 psychiatrists are present today.
The Court had asked the AG and the Prosecution whether there was any objection to this. They were given up till the 16th of December to raise their objections.
The defense had also asked that a copy of Inspector Kurt Zahra's notes, as well as information provided by the service provider, be presented today.
Fenech's defense team had asked that Theuma's mental health be evaluated in August. However, this was delayed following experts refusing to do so. The Court then had to appoint a board of 3 medical experts.
Melvin Theuma had been taken to Mater Dei Hospital on 21st July following him being found in a pool of blood in his home. He had allegedly attempted suicide. He spent some time in critical condition.
The Court decided that Theuma only be allowed to testify once a mental health evaluation has been concluded.
Yorgen Fenech's defense team had asked that Theuma continue testifying in Court.
Currently waiting on Magistrate Rachel Montebello to arrive.
Yorgen Fenech has been escorted in. Also present are his family, along with the Caruana Galizia family.
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The Court is suspending his testimony until the testimony of the transcribers of the recordings.
Cardona is explaining how to save the DVDs and the format in which they are presented. He said that nothing has changed with regards to the video, but that the audio has been masked in areas where he was asked to do so.