Why is the AG not securing evidence? – Omtzigt

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Why has the Attorney General not enacted his powers ‘to secure evidence’ or to prevent ‘potential witnesses and suspects’ running?

That’s just one of a series of questions tweeted by Pieter Omtzigt, Rapporteur for the Council of Europe and author of a report calling for a public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder.

The list of ten questions pry at the effectiveness of the inquiry process and those connected to investigating the murder or potentially implicated within it.

Daphne assassination: identified suspect still unquestioned – STOM

Omtzigt’s questions come following today’s news  from the Times of Malta report that a major businessmen suspected of involvement in Caruana Galizia’s murder has yet to be questioned by the police.

The Rapporteur also asks if justice will done for Caruana Galizia if it is found that the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi are connected to one of the potential suspects.

‘Many suggest a link between Daphne’s murder and her reporting on #17Black. What does this say about the positions of @keithaschembri and @KonradMizzi, intended recipients of money from #17Black?’

This is worsened by the fact that the Prime Minister directly appoints ‘appoints the police chief, the Attorney General and the judges – can there ever be #JusticeforDaphne?’

The public inquiry in Caruana Galizia’s murder opened last week as per the requirements of the report by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Read more:

Daphne Inquiry: Prof. Refalo not impartial – Repubblika

‘Board of inquiry should enjoy the trust of Caruana Galizia’s family’ – Opposition

What’s stopping the government from setting up a public inquiry?

PM confirms Daphne public inquiry coming soon

The Maltese government had three months to formulate an independent public inquiry of experts to investigate the murder.

The investigation has been criticised by rule of law groups for appointing people not entirely independent or free of controversy or connection to the government.

‘All of these questions must also be examined the independent public inquiry – which is all the more reason why it must be truly independent and public, unlike the current proposal’