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LIVE: Suspected Caruana Galizia Bomb Suppliers And Associates Back In Court

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The compilation of evidence against the men accused of providing the bomb that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia, as well as that in the case related to the 2015 murder of lawyer Carmel Chircop continues today before Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo. 

Robert Agius and Jamie Vella stand accused of supplying the bomb that was used to kill the journalist, while Degiorgio and Adrian Agius have been charged with Chircop’s murder. 

In the last sitting, the court heard from a police officer who knew Chircop from Birkirkara and had met the lawyer while out shopping in Sliema. 

He told the court that he had overheard a conversation Chircop was having on the phone as he walked past him, and heard him angrily asking whoever was on the other end of the call when he would get his “payments”. 

He said that a week later, he heard about the murder and realised it was Chircop. 

Chircop, a lawyer by profession, was shot dead outside his garage in Birkirkara in October 2015.

He is known to have fronted Adrian Agius, and his business partner Ryan Schembri €750,000 which was to be used to fund the More Supermarkets chain that Agius and Schembri were involved in. 

The court has heard how at the time of his murder, Chircop was chasing Agius for the remaining €600,000 that was owed to him. 

It also heard from two men who owned car rental companies from whom the accused had rented cars that were linked to the crimes. Both struggled to remember most details they were asked for.

Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo is presiding over the case. Lawyers Alfred Abela and Rene Darmanin are defence counsel to the Agius brothers, while lawyer William Cuschieri is representing for George Degiorgio.

Lawyer George Camilleri is prosecuting on behalf of the Attorney General’s office together with Superintendent Keith Arnaud and Inspectors Shawn Pawney and Wayne Camilleri.

Lawyers Jason Azzopardi and Therese Comodini Cachia are appearing parte civile for the Caruana Galizia family, while lawyer Vince Galea is appearing for the Chircop family.

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