‘Prominent’ people who have not been named linked to Caruana Galizia’s murder – suspected hitman

Kohhu-Vince-Muscat
Reuters

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A network of “prominent individuals” and others who are not and which to date have not been named, were involved in the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, one of the three suspected hitmen said.

In a court application filed by legal aid lawyer Marc Sant, Vince Muscat known as il-Koħħu accused lead investigators Keith Arnaud and Kurt Zahra that by delaying the drawing up of a report about his request for presidential pardon, they are playing time and are serving “obscure” interests of third parties including politicians involved in the offences.

In his application, the murder suspect says that during his meetings with the investigators, he provided them with reliable and credible details on a number of unsolved cases and the identification of a network of prominent individuals and others that are not, are involved in the assassination of the journalist and other offences.

The application does not provide any further information or evidence about the “prominent” individuals or politicians.

The suspect held three meetings with the investigators in January 2020 and two in February.

The meetings were recorded and the investigators have a copy of the said meetings.

During the last meeting, the investigators said that they would once again look at the CDs and their notes to see if they had further questions for the accused. It was also agreed that the next meeting would be the last one.

To date this meeting was not held and the report has not been prepared.

The murder suspect has accused the investigators of making excuses to further delay the process.

Muscat had first put in an informal request for pardon via Police Inspector Keith Arnaud.

The request, which mentioned the involvement of Melvin Theuma, was rejected by Joseph Muscat on the police’s advice.

During the ongoing court proceedings, it transpired that state witness Melvin Theuma and murder suspect Yorgen Fenech were given leaked information about Muscat’s pardon request.

Muscat submitted a formal request for pardon in November 2019.

Among the list of witnesses in the application are George and Alfred Degiorgio who are also accused of detonating the bomb which was planted inside Caruana Galizia’s car, the cabinet from 2017 to date including disgraced former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, then Economy Minister Chris Cardona and disgraced minister Konrad Mizzi, as well as Melvin Theuma and Yorgen Fenech.

EU Commissioner Helena Dalli and the principal permanent secretary Mario Cutajar are also on the list.