Self-confessed Daphne Caruana Galizia murder Vince Muscat this morning appeared in court to testify in the police’s case against the men who have been charged with supplying the bomb that killed the journalist and with the murder of lawyer Carmel Chricop in 2015.
Muscat described, in great detail the events leading up to the assassination in October 2017.
Today’s testimony focused on the Caruana Galizia murder, with Muscat telling the court that he and Alfred Degiorgio, another of the accused, would spend hours observing Caruana Galizia’s movements from a vantage in the vicinity of her residence.
He explained how the original plan was to shoot the journalist with an assault rifle, but this had changed because a bomb was “easier” he said.
Asked whether he knew why they had been commissioned to kill the journalist, he said that all he knew was that it was because “she was going to reveal something”.
Muscat was last month handed a 15-year sentence for his role in the Caruana Galizia murder. He was granted a presidential pardon to turn state’s witness in the Chircop murder case.
The case is being heard before Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo, after Magistrate Nadin Lia recused herself, following a request submitted by the Caruana Galiza family lawyers.
Robert Agius and Jamies Vella, both 37, are charged with supplying the car bomb that killed Caruana Galizia in October 2017. Adrian Agius, 42, has been charged with commissioning the murder of Carmel Chricop in 2015, while Degiorgio and Vella both stand accused of carrying out the assassination.
Lawyers Alfred Abela and Rene Darmanin are representing the Agius brothers and Vella while Lawyer William Cuschieri is appearing for Degiorgio.
The Attorney General’s Office is being represented by Lawyer George Camilleri, while superintendent Keith Arnaud and inspector Wayne Camilleri are prosecuting.
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