Yorgen Fenech files constitutional application over ‘amateur’ police investigation

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

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Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech has filed a fresh constitutional application where he is describing chief investigator Keith Arnaud’s investigation into Keith Schembri’s possible role in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination as ‘careless, approximative, if not amateurish’.

The constitutional application was filed at the First Hall of the Constitutional Court in its Constitutional jurisdiction after Police Inspector Keith Arnaud testified on Thursday during the compilation of evidence on Thursday morning.

Fenech is saying that during Arnaud’s testimony during the compilation of evidence against him, facts which were relevant to the case had emerged of which Arnaud had no knowledge about before.

The owner of the Dubai offshore company 17 Black who is facing charges of being an accomplice to the murder, said that Arnaud’s testimony was relevant to the constitutional proceedings. Fenech is already contesting the role of the chief investigator before the constitutional court.

“This shows the careless, approximative if not amateurish way in which the investigations concerning Keith Schembri were undertaken,” Fenech said in an application filed by his lawyers Gianluca Caruana Curran and Marion Camilleri.

Fenech mentioned the “incredible fact of the missing mobile”, the chief investigator’s declaration under oath of being unaware of the almost intimate friendship between Fenech and Schembri even when self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma had in court said in the clearest of ways that such a close friendship between the two existed.

Fenech argued that there were a number of factors which showed the “manifestly careless way” in which the investigations on Schembri – “who could possibly even be the mastermind in the Caruana Galizia murder” – took place.

Fenech is requesting that Arnaud’s testimony during the compilation of evidence of 19 December be exhibited in the proceedings of the constitutional application. He asked the court to allow him to give testimony about the matters raised in the application for the purpose of the same proceedings.