“Invalidate PM’s decision on Daphne inquiry’s mandate” – Cassola writes to President Vella

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Professor Arnold Cassola addressed a letter to the President asking that he invalidate the Prime Minister’s request for the one-time extension of the deadline of the public inquiry into the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

He stated that the decision to extend this public inquiry till the 15th of December is an illegitimate decision.

Earlier today, the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation stated that this one-time extension is insufficient, and that a further extension will be required. It said that it’s within the state-appointed board’s remit, and not the government’s, to decide when its work is complete and if the board decides it needs more time to fulfil its remit, the deadline of the public inquiry is automatically extended.

Cassola’s letter outlined that the ex-Prime Minister (PM) Joseph Muscat was in contact with Yorgen Fenech multiple times, who is the alleged mastermind behind the assassination. Furthermore, Muscat was now PM Robert Abela’s superior up till January of this year. The Government led by PM Muscat gave out consultancies and direct orders, at the value of hundreds of thousands, to the office of PM Abela.

He also outlined that the ex-PM had invited Fenech to a birthday party in Girgenti, and accepted expensive gifts. Cassola said that he is certain that they remained in contact not only through online messaging, but also via their mutual friend, Keith Schembri. This was when he already knew that Fenech was a person of interest in the investigations.