Yorgen Fenech claims rights breached over information shared in court – reports

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

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

It has been reported that Yorgen Fenech, accused of complicity in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, is claiming that by allowing questions on anything he said under police interrogation before he was denied a presidential pardon would prejudice his rights to a fair trial.

The Times of Malta reported that the business tycoon filed an urgent application arguing that information supplied by Fenech for the purpose of the pardon, was not to be used against him in criminal proceedings. His lawyers insisted that the case was attracting media coverage “in great detail.”

Therefore, the lawyers insisted that those who would eventually be selected as jurors at Fenech’s trial would be influenced by such reports, even if any information were to be removed from the court records at a later stage. 

It is believed that lawyers Gianluca Caruana Curran, Marion Camilleri and Charles Mercieca signed the application for an interim measure to stop the officers from testifying about this information. 

This morning, the Court rejected Yorgen Fenech’s request for a constitutional reference.