Yorgen Fenech investigated on alleged cyanide importation

Monique Agius

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Businessman Yorgen Fenech who stands accused of complicity into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is being investigated over the alleged importation of cyanide.

This has been confirmed in court on Monday by Police Inspector Kurt Zahra following questions made by Dr Jason Azzopardi.

Zahra was giving his testimony and cross-examined during the compilation of evidence into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

What is cyanide?

Cyanide is a rapidly acting, deadly chemical that can exist in various forms most commonly in powder or gas. Various cyanide compounds exist and some have use in heavy industry such as gold-mining. Cyanide was romanticized in fiction, as the poison of choice for murderers who wanted their victim to make a swift and unceremonious exit. Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Miss Marple frequently came across such poison. In real life, the poison was frequently used in WW2 by top ranking military personnel of the Axis regime. General Erwin Rommel was one such top German brass to die by cyanide. Spies and resistance fighters too had cyanide capsules in case, when caught, they could not withstand torture and death was preferable to uncovering military secrets.

Courtroom revelations

As Inspector Zahra was giving his testimony in court, presided by Magistrate Rachel Montebello, Zahra confirmed that there are currently investigations on the attempt to import cyanide by Yorgen Fenech.

One of Fenech’s defence lawyers, Dr Charles Mercieca objected saying it is absolutely untrue while Yorgen Fenech was seen smiling.

Anyone who consumes this type of chemical can die within a matter of seconds.