No electronic devices seized from Valletta, Acting Police Chief tells inquiry board

Silvio-Valletta

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Acting Police Commissioner Carmelo Magri said that no electronic equipment that is laptops or mobile phones, was seized from former Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta.

This transpired during the sitting of the public inquiry into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Monday. Testifying before the board of the public inquiry composed of retired judge Michael Mallia, former chief justice Joseph Said Pullicino and Judge Abigail Lofaro, Magri said that only Valletta’s call logs were collected.

Former Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta was ordered off Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation after the Constitutional Court found that family’s fundamental rights were not taken into consideration. A potential conflict of interest arose due to him being married to then Cabinet Minister Justyne Caruana.

It had later emerged that Valletta had traveled with murder suspect Yorgen Fenech who stands accused of being an accomplice to the murder of the journalist. Valletta was then placed under investigation. Former Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana was made to resign within days she was reappointed after details about Fenech’s and Valletta’s friendship emerged.

Acting Police Commssioner Carmelo Magri said that the Police did not seize and examine Valletta’s laptops, hard drives or mobile phones when asked if Valletta’s equipment was taken for analysis. Magri said that Valletta had denied leaking information.

State witness Melvin Theuma who was the go in between, between Fenech and the three suspected hitmen brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio, and Vince Muscat, had secretly recorded his conversations with Fenech. In these recordings, Valletta was referred to as “Valletta l-oħxon”.

Valletta has denied claims that he leaked information on the case, while murder suspect Fenech has claimed that he had received information on the investigation directly from Valletta.