Public Inquiry board orders Konrad Mizzi to testify

The Board of Inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is ordering former Minister Konrad Mizzi to testify despite his attempt not to do sit in the dock. 

The Board made up of Judge Emeritus Michael Mallia, who is chairing the inquiry board, and Chief Justice Emeritus Joseph Said Pullicino and Judge Abigail Lofaro ordered Mizzi to appear before this morning at 9.30 am when the public inquiry into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia continues. 

Yesterday, Mizzi wrote on Facebook where he criticized the public inquiry and said it had been politicized. He particularly criticized the role of Advocates Jason Azzopardi and Therese Comodini Cachia, for being Members of Parliament and participating in the inquiry representing the Caruana Galizia family. 

Mizzi filed a complaint in court in which he asked not to appear at the inquiry, denying any involvement in the murder, while offering his condolences to the journalist’s family. 

Konrad Mizzi shuns public inquiry
Konrad Mizzi shuns public inquiry

The former Minister said that he has always been available to the Court and the Police and although he has no problem appearing before the Board, he does not consider that he has information that could shed light on the purposes of the inquiry. 

He added that he had already provided information on his ministerial work to the competent authorities and that he was not able to pass on the same inside information to the public, especially in the presence of lawyers and third parties, who said, “made several attempts to break his integrity and professionalism and political career”. 

However, the Board of Inquiry issued a decree last night saying that Mizzi must testify, but he may avail of the right not to answer questions that he deems as incriminating. In addition, the Board recalled that Mizzi, also has the option to give witness behind closed doors, without the presence of the media and the public. 

The Public Inquiry stressed that Mizzi was wrong to say that the Board’s mandate was focused only on the murder of the journalist, because the mandate is to investigate whether there were any shortcomings by the State that could have led to the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The Board is also investigating whether a culture of impunity may have played a role in the killings. 

Accordingly, the Board ordered Mizzi to appear before them this morning. 

Newsbook.com.mt will be reporting live from the law courts. In today’s hearing, the Inquiry will be also hearing former MFSA CEO Joseph Cuschieri, who resigned this week following the news that he travelled with Yourgen Fench back in 2018. 

Yorgen Genech is accused of being an accomplice in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. 

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