PL refuses to publish Cardona’s resignation letter

Luke Zerafa

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Disgraced Economy Minister Chris Cardona’s resignation letter is an internal party affair, a Partit Laburista spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt when this newsroom asked for a copy of the letter.

Cardona is said to have resigned from his post as PL deputy leader for party affairs on Wednesday. His resignation was announced by Partit Laburista leader and Prime Minister Robert Abela outside Castille.

Writing on Facebook, Cardona posted a screenshot from a court report on Melvin Theuma’s testimony during the public inquiry into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The excerpt posted by Cardona is about when Theuma, the state witness in the Caruana Galizia case, was asked whether he had ever seen Cardona at the potato shed in Marsa where the Degiorgio brothers, two of the three suspected hitmen, used to hang out and one of the locations raided by the police.

Theuma told the board of inquiry that he had not seen Cardona at the shed. He added that Johann Cremona, who is the business partner of murder suspect Yorgen Fenech, had once told him to say that that he [Theuma] had received money from Cardona. Theuma who was granted protection from prosecution in return for information, told the board of inquiry that he went along with this version since the allegations on Cardona’s visit to the German brothel were in the news.

Cardona posted the same screenshot accompanied by the song “Tell me lies” from The Black Keys as an Instagram story.

Newsbook.com.mt tried to reach out to Cardona for a comment.

During the criminal proceedings against murder suspect Yorgen Fenech, who stands being accused of being an accomplice in the murder, a witness testified under oath that Melvin Theuma had told him, that he [Theuma] had been ordered to murder Caruana Galizia by former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Fenech. Furthermore, Cremona testified that Theuma would always tell him the same story and the same details, and would mention Fenech, Schembri, Cardona and David Gatt.

During Monday’s sitting, Cremona, Fenech’s business partner, told the court that he had received a photo of a certain “il-Biglee” over Signal. He explained that he did not know who he was but Fenech had told him [Cremona] that il-Biglee was the middleman between Cardona and Alfred Degiorgio (il-Fulu).

The former Economy Minister is alleged to have paid for Caruana Galizia’s murder, using his canvasser “il-Biglee” as his middleman with Alfred Degiorgio, one of the three suspected hitmen.

Cardona has denied the claims made under oath dismissing them as “nonsense”.

Prior to Fenech’s arraignment, Cardona was hauled in the Police Headquarters for questioning in November 2019. The former Economy Minister has repeatedly denied being involved in the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.