Superintendent Keith Arnaud testified this morning before the public inquiry board. The press could only follow the first 20 minutes of his testimony as the board suggested it would be better if it is held behind closed doors.
The public inquiry is tasked with among other things to determine whether the state did all it could to prevent the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
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The next sitting will be held on Friday at 9:30 am. Former Minister Konrad Mizzi is expected to testify.
The media is asked to leave the courtroom.
He also mentions that there was data which was not relevant to the investigations on the murder.
Arnaud says that the Police is investigating every detail. He explains that even if one takes a look at the people who have never been arrested. There are two investigative teams; to investigate the financial matters and a team to investigate the murder.
The board asks if there might be other people implicated apart from the four; Yorgen Fenech, Melvin Theuma, Vince and George De Giorgio and Vince Muscat
He also says that there might be some data which might be relevant for the inquiry board to take note of.
"It is taking so long as there is a large amount of data which needs to be analyzed," says Arnaud.
Europol Officials are divided into two sections; the court experts and those who analyze the data.
The Superintendent confirms that in the coming days Europol Officials are expected to arrive in Malta to present the equipment seized from Yorgen Fenech.
Arnaud says that the data has not been all analyzed.
He explains that due to the pandemic they communicate with Europol online. He also explains that Maltese Police Officials visited Europol to help with the investigations – especially for the translation of messages.
He confirms that the Europol is still involved.
Arnaud says that the investigations on the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia are still ongoing and that the task force is still made up of the same people.
Keith Arnaud clarifies that as from October 2nd he was promoted to a Superintendent.
The board decided that Inspector Arnaud can reply to the general questions and then his testimony will continue behind closed doors.
It is being suggested by the board that today's sitting is ideally heald behind closed doors.
The board of inquiry has just entered the courtroom.
We are live from courtroom number 20.
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