“Well aware of our remit, Yorgen Fenech” – Daphne Inquiry board

FILE PHOTO: Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech, who was arrested in connection with an investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, leaves the Courts of Justice in Valletta, Malta, November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The board presiding over the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia told Yorgen Fenech that it is well aware of its remit, and that the conclusion on the inquiry will be reached via the law and principles of transparency and natural justice.

The board was answering an appeal submitted by Fenech earlier this month, where he argued that the board on inquiry had ignored its terms of reference and influenced the way jurors perceive Fenech. This would mean jeopardising the presumption of innocent until proven guilty. The board’s response was that it is well aware of its remit, and that it will attain the scope of the inquiry lawfully, and inkeeping with principles of transparency and natural justice.

The same appeal also asked that Fenech receive a copy of all the testimonies heard so far in the inquiry, and for any testimony related to Fenech to be struck from the record. The board outlined that the depositions given in public are publicly available.

The board is made up of Judge Michael Mallia, Judge Joseph Said Pullicino and Judge Abigail Lofaro. Yorgen Fenech stands accused of assassinating journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017.