Murder suspects in the Daphne Caruana Galizia case have managed to pay up to a five-figure sum to illegally send an FBI report to an American company to help build their defence, despite their unemployed status and their assets being frozen, Malta’s Deputy Attorney General has said.
In a turn of events, Malta Today reported that deputy AG Philip Galea Farrugia informed Justice Edwina Grima that lawyer William Cuschieri, who is appearing for murder suspects George and Alfred Degiorgio, had broken the law by sending the confidential document.
The bigger question, however, as Galea Farrugia noted, is how they were able to acquire the funds to do so in the first place.
This follows a long list of dubious funds from the pair that have been revealed throughout the case. Alfred Degiorgio gambled some €570,000 in various casinos over the years, walking away with some €499,000 in clean money despite his unemployed status.
Galea Farrugia then requested that the court throw out the report by the American company on the grounds that Cuschieri had broke the law by sending the FBI report, which was presented in court, to a third party.
Indeed, the deputy Attorney General argued that the records had not even been passed on to Caruana Galizia’s family.
Justice Grima will decide on the case later on but told prosecutors that, if they wished, they could report the incident to the police.