“Never communicated with Fenech on Caruana Galizia’s assassination”

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Journalist Ivan Camilleri said that he has never discussed, spoken to or otherwise communicated with murder suspect Yorgen Fenech on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, in a statement issued on his behalf by lawyer Ian Spiteri Bailey.

The senior journalist was fired on Friday. Multiple sources have confirmed this to Newsbook.com.mt and the matter has also been reported by Malta Today and The Malta Independent. A statement was issued later by the Allied Newspapers.

Camilleri said that he was available at the disposal of the relative authorities to give or make any possible clarifications on what was being alleged in his regard.

In a statement, Camilleri said that his employment was terminated following allegations by his employers and published by some sections of the media on Friday. He categorically denied and rebutted all the allegations made in his regard, adding that he will be taking all necessary legal measures to protect his reputation and challenge the unfair dismissal.

Camilleri insisted that Allied Newspapers and its management reached its conclusions on what it itself termed “suspicions” and “allegations”. Adding that there was not and could not have been, any reference to his version of events, simply because he was not given the opportunity to rebut same allegations.

‘The company failed to provide Mr Camilleri a fair and just treatment and did not provide one single piece of evidence to sustain its allegations before proceeding with the termination of the employment of its most senior journalist in its newsroom, despite his impeccable record in 15 years of service,’ the statement reads.

Through his lawyer, Camilleri has asked the company to remedy the situation in terms of law.