“Il-Fulu” risks contempt of court over FBI testimony

Alfred Degiorgio, one of the three suspects in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, risks losing the right to having the FBI agents testify in a constitutional proceeding he himself filed.

In her decree, Judge Lorraine Schembri Orland said that Degiorgio’s lawyer, William Cuschieri, failed to confirm whether he and Degiorgio could make it to the hearing during which the FBI agents were due to testify via video conferencing. The Judge also noted that Cuschieri also failed to confirm whether they could make it to another sitting.

Judge Schembri Orland explained that the behaviour could be considered to amount to contempt of court should he not give a suitable explanation on why no replies were received.

The Court informed Degiorgio’s lawyer to confirm within two days if he was still interested in having the FBI agents give their testimony in the case.

Degiorgio filed a constitutional application back in July. In his application, his lawyer had argued that his rights had been breached when the FBI agents who worked on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination were allowed to testify. The decision was taken before the window for Degiorgio’s appeal had closed.