Yorgen Fenech offered millions to buy Malta Independent – Report

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Businessman Yorgen Fenech who is being accused of planning the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has allegedly tried to buy The Malta Independent which was the newspaper Daphne Caruana Galizia used to work for. This was reported on Friday morning by Times of Malta.

Immediate was the reaction of Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of the murdered journalist

“Before murdering my mother, Yorgen Fenech formed a consortium of evil men to buy the newspaper she worked for, for the sole reason of cutting off her main source of income. When that didn’t work, he moved on to hiring hitmen” – wrote Matthew Caruana Galizia on Facebook.

According to details published this morning, Fenech, with Silvio Debono from db Group, was responding to an asking price of €2 million to buy The Malta Independent. Debono was approached by Fenech who proposed to him the joint venture in 2016.

Family members have confirmed with Times of Malta that Daphne’s main source of income was from The Malta Independent.

At the time when Yorgen Fenech and Silvio Debono made the proposal to The Malta Independent, in 2016, it was the year when Panama Papers leaks emerged and were revealed in by slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

At the time The Malta Independent had access to certain data related to the international scandal which revealed plans by the then Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi and the former chief of Staff at Castille Keith Schembri who were to receive €5,000 a day from the Dubai secret company, 17 Black, owned by Yorgen Fenech.

It was also reported that Keith Schembri was aware of Yorgen’s proposal to The Malta Independent.