Preliminary hearing for Daphne accused starts October 31st

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A preliminary hearing will be held on October 31st before the start of a criminal trial against Alfred and George Degiorgio and Vincent Muscat, the three men accused of murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The hearing will consider the objections from both the prosecution and defence.

Objections have been presented by the prosecution aimed at challenging the lawyer representing Vincent Muscat. The lawyer had requested that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, the Minister for Justice Owen Bonnici, the Attorney General Peter Grech, and Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar be witnesses in the case.

The Times of Malta last Monday said that he had no problem appearing as a witness in case, but said that he didn’t know what he testifying for.

According to Manuel Delia’s blog, the Judge Edwina Grima will preside over the case after Judge Aaron Bugeja withdrew himself from the proceedings.

While the preliminary hearing is set to take place at the end of the month, the actual case may not take place immediately after. However, if the trial does not begin within 17 months, the accused could be released.

Today, the Index of Censorship has called on European countries to pressure the Maltese government to make the public inquiry into Caruana Galizia’s murder, independent.

Read more:

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Critics believe that the current inquiry lacks the impartiality and independence that the Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe (PACE) had called for.