Former Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta was interrogated at the Police Headquarters in Floriana after the reveal of his intimate relationship with Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech.
Sources have told Lovin Malta that he was brought back into his former workplace for questioning late last night and that he was not placed under arrest. This newsroom has reached out to Valletta for a comment.
Valletta, the husband of former Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana, holidayed with Yorgen Fenech on 29th September 2018, travelling to London to watch Liverpool take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
An intimate relationship is rumoured, with a witness telling The Times of Malta that, during the flight, Fenech was heard telling his children to “hold uncle Silvio’s hand”.
Valletta insists he did not know Fenech was a suspect at the time.
The same newspaper has since reported that a video uncovered on Fenech’s phone shows Valletta “fooling around” inside the businessman’s luxury Rolls Royce.
Valletta insists he was not aware that Fenech was a suspect at the time, and that he had been pulled off of the investigation by May 2018. However, Fenech was identified as a suspect by police as late as May 2018.
His brief tenure on the investigation has left its mark, having set up the unprecedented briefings on the investigation with former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his chief of staff Keith Schembri.
Caruana has paid a high price for her husband’s behaviour, being forced to resign from her position just five days after being re-appointed to the role. Clint Camilleri has replaced her.
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