Yorgen Fenech: Among PM Abela’s first hot potatoes?

Jeremy Wonnacott (DOI)

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Legal sources told Newsbook.com.mt that the spectre of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is set to start haunting Robert Abela as he installs himself in his new office at the Auberge de Castille.

The election of Abela gave a glimmer of hope to Fenech, who is accused of being involved in the assassination of Caruana Galizia and also to his lawyers. During the leadership campaign Abela had said that if Fenech makes a new plea for a presidential pardon, his cabinet would consider it if new facts could be revealed. He added that he would be very careful before deciding either way.

Chris Fearne had given an outright ‘no’ answer to question on whether he would reconsider a presidential pardon to Fenech.

Presidential pardon or plea bargaining

Fenech’s legal team is expected to test the waters with new Prime Minister and ask once more – for the third time in fact – for a presidential pardon. They are also actively considering the possibility of plea bargaining if the request for pardon is not accepted.

Sources close to Fenech say that he is the only one that can give information that could more clearly indicate the intricate complexities involved in the assassination of the journalist and there the several more persons involved in the murder. They say that the plot was much more complex and complicated than the one outlined by Melvin Theuma.

Caruana Galizia’s family had described Fenech’s involvement as ‘third level involvement’. Sources close to Fenech say that he can lead the police to the second and first level of involvement. Moreover, they say that Fenech has a lot of information on alleged corruption in high places and about mega-projects initiated during the Muscat administration

Refusal challenged in court

Fenech had his pleas for presidential pardon refused twice. Eventually his legal team – Dr Marion Camilleri and Dr Gianluca Caruana Curran – had challenged in First Hall, Civil Court the decision of Muscat’s cabinet to refuse to recommend the President to grant a pardon to Yorgen Fenech.

The Court application showed the preoccupation of Fenech at the fact that his application was refused by a Cabinet which “merely a few hours earlier” had included Keith Schembri as the PM’s Chief of staff. This when information that would have been given by Fenech could have incriminated both Keith Schembri and former Minister Konrad Mizzi.

The case is still pending.

The question many are asking is: Will Fenech be third time lucky?