Two men charged with murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia can only face a maximum sentence of nine years for their money laundering offences if they’re found guilty.
This came after the Attorney General decided that Alfred and George Degiorgio should face their money-laundering charges in a magistrate’s court, where there exists a nine-year prison term and €250,000 fine limit.
Malta’s anti-money laundering laws provide for a maximum jail term of 18 years and a fine of up to €2.5 million if a crime is tried before the Criminal court.
The brothers were charged with money-laundering offences after an investigation into the assassination exposed the lavish lifestyle the pair lived, despite being unemployed and never paying taxes.
Alfred Degiorgio was even able to gamble some €570,000 in various casinos over the years, walking away with some €499,000 in clean money.