Adrian Vella, the arrested Fenech family doctor, has admitted to passing on secret messages to Yorgen Fenech from the Prime Minister’s former Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, sources close to the investigation have told Lovin Malta.
Fenech’s recent visit to Mater Dei hospital is suspected of having been a ploy by Schembri to reach him.
Schembri is believed to have been using Vella to pressure Fenech, a key suspect in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, to not expose him in the case and other corruption cases.
It appears that Fenech has been willing to cooperate with the police in exchange for some form of immunity from prosecution. Since Fenech’s arrest, Schembri himself has been arrested, while Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi has stepped down and Economy Minister Chris Cardona has suspended himself.
When contacted by Lovin Malta earlier this week, Vella insisted that he had no relationship whatsoever with Schembri. However, a quick look on his Facebook page shows a wealth of photos of him blatantly promoting Rummo, the Italian pasta brand which is imported to Malta by Schembri’s group of companies.
Meanwhile, Lovin Malta has reported that Schembri was one of the last people Yorgen Fenech called before he tried to flee Malta on his yacht last week.
Sources said the call was not a short one and is now the subject of further investigation. However, the newsroom is also informed that Schembri was in frequent contact with Fenech in the run-up to his arrest.
Sources believe Schembri was keeping Fenech informed of developments in the case.
Schembri has since resigned as the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff. However, Schembri was spotted at Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s house on the eve of his arrest.