The alleged middleman in the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is yet to receive a pardon, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has revealed, stating that the man yet to reveal all his information.
The pardon, he said, will only be granted once the evidence is corroborated in court. The middleman’s lawyers have been given a signed letter from Muscat ensuring that this takes place.
“This is one of the reasons why I’m not answering all the questions because right now the person who has offered to give information has not given the full information yet,” Muscat told Times of Malta.
He went on to add that Yorgen Fenech’s arrest on Wednesday did not come as a result of the information obtained by the middleman. However, the timing certainly seems suspect.
Once again he urged prudence at this crucial juncture, with negotiations with the middleman and his lawyers still underway.
Muscat declined to say whether Fenech could be charged with a crime, and also dodged questions on Keith Schembri once again.
“I haven’t turned up to work yet so I don’t know if Mr Schembri is at the office this morning. I’m just coming from Gozo and I have a personal appointment right now so I don’t know,” he told Times of Malta.
At 5:45 am on 20th November, AFM patrol boats intercepted Gio leaving the marina, less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced that he recommended a pardon for the middleman in the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
He has been identified as the main suspect in the case.
Fenech is the owner of 17 Black, the Dubai-based company that was allegedly set up to transfer millions to the Panamanian companies owned by former energy minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri.
He is also the director of Electrogas, the firm which operates Malta’s new gas-fired power station. The power station was a critical electoral pledge in Labour’s campaign to take government in 2013 and was under Konrad Mizzi’s remit back when he was Energy Minister.