Theuma’s condition remains stable – police

Police cordon tape is seen near the home of Melvin Theuma, who had been granted a presidential pardon to testify against the alleged mastermind behind the assassination of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, after he was found unconscious following what police called a suicide attempt, in Swieqi, Malta July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

State witness Melvin Theuma’s condition remains stable as he continues receiving treatment at the Intensive Therapy Unit at Mater Dei Hospital, the police said on Friday afternoon.

Theuma who was the go-between in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, was hospitalised after being found injured in his Swieqi home on Tuesday night, with the police reporting that he sustained stab wounds which appeared to be self-inflicted.

The police were alerted that Theuma was not responding to calls made by his lawyer, leading one of the officers stationed outside the apartment block he lived in to check on him.

The incident happened on the eve of the continuation of the compilation of evidence against businessman Yorgen Fenech – who was charged with ordering the murder on the strength of Theuma’s evidence. Theuma was set to be cross-examined during Wednesday’s sitting.

On Friday, MaltaToday first reported that protection inside Theuma’s home was withdrawn a couple of weeks after he was pushed into the national spotlight.

Police Commissioner Angelo Gafà told reporters that Theuma is still being guarded outside his home and is escorted everywhere by police during a press briefing held on Wednesday.

It is understood that Theuma is communicating with relatives and hospital staff through eye movements and facial expressions.