Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Kenneth Camilleri who was referred to as Kenneth ‘from Castille’ (ta’ Kastilja)testified before the Board of Inquiry on Friday morning. During his testimony, Camilleri insisted that he would share posts in partisan spirit despite not understanding anything about the Panama Papers and their implications.
Kenneth Camilleri used to work as a security guard for disgraced former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Kenneth ‘ta’ Kastilja’ has been linked to a covert €3 million bail request of the three men charged with carrying out the murder.
Highlights from Friday’s sittting:
- Disgraced former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Muscat’s PA Ray Barbara used private email servers while in their official roles
- Barbara had an @josephmuscat.com email
- Ray Barbara said he has never seen murder suspect Yorgen Fenech at the Office of the Prime Minister
- Barbara recalled seeing Joe Gasan at Castille
- Kenneth Camilleri said that he went to Libya four times with Neville Gafà
- Only one of these trips to Libya was an official trip
- Camilleri shared articles on the Panama Papers but insisted he understood nothing about the subject
- Camilleri met with self-confessed go in between Melvin Theuma four times. He said that he never told Schembri about his meetings with Theuma
- Both witnesses said that the Panama Papers were not mentioned with Muscat or former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri
- Both witnesses identified Ronnie Vella from a still of the live video when journalists were held inside Castille after an early morning press conference
Camilleri said that after his 25-years of service in the Police Force, he moved to Transport Malta before being suspended once his name cropped up in the murder investigation.
The former security officer had also allegedly informed self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma that the state had identified three mobile numbers of people involved in the murder. One of the numbers on the list, was Theuma’s number.
Ray Barbara who was a personal assistant to disgraced former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat when the latter was still an Opposition Leader. He then moved to Castille as a person of trust. He remains PA to current Prime Minister Robert Abela.
Barbara told the Board of Inquiry that he had seen Joe Gasan from the Gasan Group at Castille.
In a statement released by Joe Gasan to the press after the public inquiry, the businessman said that he met former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. He added that similarly he had with his predecessors. Gasan added that he never met Muscat in connection to Electrogas Ltd.
The Board of Inquiry is composed Judge Emeritus Michael Mallia, who is chairing the inquiry board, and two other board members, Chief Justice Emeritus Joseph Said Pullicino and Judge Abigail Lofaro.
Lawyers Jason Azzopardi, Peter Caruana Galizia and Andrew Borg Cardona are appearing for the family.
The sitting on Monday is cancelled because Farrugia won't be in Malta.
“I had not told Keith Schembri that Melvin Theuma met me,” Camilleri says.
Further questioning is stopped due to the fact that he is going to testify before the compilation of evidence.
He says that he doesn't know to whom Gafà would report to.
He says that Gafà was a friend and that they would support each other, which is why he had reached out to him after testifying.
Asked about when the last time he spoke to Neville Gafà, Camilleri says that it was the day after he testified before the Board of Inquiry.
'When I reached my 25 years of service. Ronnie Pelligrini was working at Transport Malta, he knew I had experience in traffic and asked me if I wanted to help him,' Camileri explains.
"Arnaud asked me about this too," Camilleri says.
The Board of Inquiry warns the witness of possible incriminating statements and his right to not reply.
Camilleri says that he will testify in the criminal proceedings on the 27th March and would rather not testify today on his connection to Melvin Theuma.
Asked about Yorgen Fenech, Camilleri says that he has never seen Yorgen Fenech at Castille. Said Pullicino warns him and reminds that he is under oath.
He denies ever having followed Caruana Galizia.
Judge emeritus Mallia is unconvinced. 'You are telling that you shared posts about the subject and that you don't know anything about them or spoke to anyone about them'.
'How can you post something if you don't understand anything about it?' the Board asks.
'Kif tagħmel post jekk ma tifhimx?'
He says that he never spoke to Schembri about the Panama Papers. He adds that he could have found an article on Facebook or someone had shared it and he would repost it.
Asked whether he wrote on social media about Daphne Caruana Galizia, Camilleri replies: 'Have I wrote?', then he adds 'yes, it would be possible that I have shared posts inciting hatred towards the journalist.
"We would talk about everything but not his meetings," Camilleri replies to the Board.
Azzopardi suggests the name Tajouri. Camilleri says "yes, that's it".
Camilleri says that once he was present during a meeting. He adds that the discussions would be in Arabic but he doesn't understand the language.
The Board of Inquiry asks whether Gafà knows Arabic. "Iva ġieli smajtu jħarbex," he replies.
Asked about the other three times, he says that Gafa would ask him to accompany him for more protection. "I was never armed with I went abroad with Gafa," Camilleri replies.
He explains that the security would stay in the corridor. A person would register downstairs, come upstairs pass before the security and then meet Ray Barbara before meeting the prime minister.
Camilleri says that he would take instructions from Ray Barbara.
Camilleri says that then he went to work at Transport Malta but received a phone call which informed him that he was suspended after he was named by self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma.
The judges, who do not have Facebook, are surprised at this.
'They are allowing further character assassination, even now, post mortem,' Borg Cardona says.
'I can't say,' upon asking whether the name of Turab Musayev ever featured on the diary of Muscat.
"I didn't see any of it. I was in my office, in Castille. The press conference was held on the other side of Castille," Barbara replies.
Barbara says he does not know. He adds that 'Cikku l-Poplu ma jidholx minn hemm'.
"I gave one or two appointments to Gasan, but I don't remember when," Barbara says.
Barbara says that Muscat was shocked by the Panama Papers revelations. He adds that Muscat was very angry about the Egrant allegation involving Michelle Muscat.
According to Barbara, Vella no longer works there but does not know if he was fired or resigned once Muscat was no longer Prime Minister.
Barbara explains that there is a group of six people working day in, day out. He adds that his role would be to instruct them where to go.
"I definitely never sent for Yorgen Fenech. I found about him from the newspaper," Barbara says.
Barbara worked with Joseph Muscat when he was still an Opposition Leader since 2011 as a personal assistant. Then he moved to becoming a personal assistant to Muscat as a person of trust.
"I am not deemed to be a government employee," he repeats, answering a question from Said Pullicino.
"No, unless the person allows you," Vella replies.
She adds that the addresses Joseph and Keith @josephmuscat.com which were used to plot SLAPP lawsuits against Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The josephmuscat.com emails operate on a gmail platform.
"Any email which does not use the government email address is outside the reach of the auditor's office," Vella explains.
"Ray Barbara always appears to be there and is very devoted and very trusted," Vella continues.
"In light of the witnesses who are supposed to testify today, a document has been prepared containing facts which are available in the public domain which may be relevant to the inquiry," Vella says.
Read the highlights from the last sitting:
- The Board of Inquiry issued a decree in relation to a request made by the State Advocate to be part of the inquiry proceedings
- In its decree the Board said that the State Advocate can be present during to public hearings
- It will be up to the Board of Inquiry to decide whether the State Advocate will be allowed to stay during hearings behind closed doors
- The Board of Inquiry is scrutinizing the shortcomings and failings of state entities and whether the death of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia could have been prevented, the Board reminds in its decree
- “There appears to be a problem with misogyny in Malta, when women journalists hold public officials to account,” Corinne Vella told the Board of Inquiry when she presented further documents
- Around 2016, the attacks on Caruana Galizia became more personal
- “The saddest thing is that besides her journalism there was so much more to her. She loved travelling, talking about food, music. There was her journalism, but she had a life besides that. If you needed a gift, she was the perfect person to call,” a witness told the Board