Top criminal lawyer Franco Debono has called on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to resign after businessman Yorgen Fenech was arrested in connection with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
“I don’t want to get into the merits of the case, but has anyone realised that we’re living in a country where a Prime Minister can negotiate a presidential pardon for a case in which the main suspect is the business partner of his own chief of staff? It’s the stuff of horror films.” Debono said.
Muscat’s chief of staff Keith Schembri last year confirmed that 17 Black, a Dubai company owned by Yorgen Fenech, had been included in draft business plans for his Kasco business group as potential clients. However, he said that neither he nor any of his companies had ever conducted any transactions with either of them.
“For this reason alone, obviously along with a million other reasons, Muscat should have already resigned on the spot,” Debono said. “I don’t want to get into the merits of the case at all and obviously everyone has a right to the fair hearing, the right to which is being broken so long as the Prime Minister doesn’t resign.”