The Caruana Galizia family, through the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation expressed their empathy with “Malta’s shock and anger at the release of Keith Schembri, the Prime Minister’s close personal friend and former chief of staff”.
The Caruana Galizia family said that least two witnesses and multiple pieces of physical evidence implicate Schembri in the assassination of the journalist. “Yorgen Fenech does not need a presidential pardon for the police to charge Schembri. A prolific criminal, connected to multiple bribery and money laundering schemes, Schembri is now a free man, facing no prospect of prosecution for any of his crimes” said the Caruana Galizia family.
The Caruana Galizia family said that it was dismayed to see that Schembri was released under the watch of the Prime Minister, “who continues to play judge, jury, and executioner in an assassination investigation that so far implicates three of his closest colleagues. This travesty of justice is shaming our country, ripping our society apart, and it is degrading us. It cannot continue any longer”.
They urged the Prime Minister to step aside adding “If the Prime Minister has the interests of justice and Malta at heart, then he should do so immediately. Our country is more important than his career”.