“We have full confidence in Arnaud and Zahra” – Caruana Galizia

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Another sitting in the constitutional proceedings initiated by murder suspect Yorgen Fenech is scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning. Fenech initiated proceedings in an attempt to remove lead investigator Police Inspector Keith Arnaud from the murder investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Arnaud has told the court that used to keep former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat updated on the case.

Self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma and Yorgen Fenech have both revealed that former Assistant Commissioner Silvio Valletta was leaking information.

09:31 The court was adjourned to 6 March at 11.45am.
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09:30 Lawyers confirmed that Abdilla was not in court due to the traffic officers "overtime racket".
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09:27 "Before 2013 elections, Arnaud had turned up at our house to arrest Daphne," Caruana Galizia replied to a question by Dr Caruana Curran.

"It was funny because he was a homicide investigator. But we've put it passed us," he says.

Asked whether he was from the District Police Station, Dr Caruana Galizia said 'no, he was from the CID'.

Judge Mintoff intervenes saying that this was not relevant to the ongoing constitutional case.
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09:25 Dr Buttigieg asked about the family's relationship with Police Inspector Keith Arnaud.

Dr Caruana Galizia was informed by Police Inspector Kurt Zahra about his wife's murder. He recalled rushing from Valletta to Bidnija.

'I had asked him, if she had died, and he replied yes,' Dr Caruana Galizia said.

'The children and I have full confidence in Police Inspectors Keith Arnaud and Kurt Zahra,' Dr Caruana Galizia told the court.

He also mentioned a two-hour meeting in October before Fenech's arrest.
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09:24 Judge Lawrence Mintoff entered the courtroom. Dr Caruana Galizia informed the court that he was informed that he would be summoned but did not have a date or time.
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09:22 Dr Caruana Galizia entered the courtroom.
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09:17 Peter Caruana Galizia was summoned to testify next. His lawyer Andrew Borg Cardona told the court that he would call him only to come back again to tell the court that he was not present. A short break was given until Dr Caruana Galizia arrives.
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09:15 Lawyers Dr Gianluca Caruana Curran and Marion Camilleri declared that they have no further questions for Police Inspector Keith Arnaud.
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09:12 Dr Gianluca Caruana Curran asked whether they have asked Yorgen Fenech about the leaks, since it was him that flagged it up.
The witness said that he was not certain however whether the investigation started after Fenech was arrested.
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09:11 The investigation into the leak of sensitive information from the murder investigation was moving forward but the witness could not tell at which stage they were.
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09:09 The police inspector was asked about Melvin Theuma's phantom job. He told the court that at this stage there was a magisterial inquiry.

State advocate Victoria Buttigieg asked about the alleged leaks. He told the court that he was aware about the "leaks issue". He recalled a meeting with Assistant Commissioner Ian Abdilla and two other Police Inspectors.
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09:08 We're live from courtroom 19. Judge Lawrence Mintoff entered the courtroom. The first witness to testify was Police Inspector Nicholas Vella who is in the same unit as Ian Abdilla.

Economics Crimes Unit Head Ian Abdilla was set to appear this morning, however, he could not make it.
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Judge Lawrence Mintoff presided over the case.

Lawyers Dr Gianluca Caruana Curran and Marion Camilleri are appearing for Yorgen Fenech.

State Advocate Victoria Buttigieg is appearing for the state.