Daphne Caruana Galizia's 'Killers' Might Have Been Caught Because They Ran Out Of Credit

Sources near the case have divulged more information


Italian newspaper La Repubblica have spoken to sources close to the investigation to find out more details surrounding the last moments before journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination. 

According to the newspaper, one of the accused murderers, George 'iċ-Ċiniż' Degiorgio, who was aboard a cabin cruiser at the time, was ready to send the fateful SMS that would detonate the explosive they had placed in Daphne Caruana Galizia's car. 

Two accomplices, his brother Alfred Degiorgio as well as Vince Muscat, had been following the journalist and had given him the go ahead to detonate the bomb.

He was about to send the SMS from his unregistered phone, only to realise he had run out of credit on the phone.

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He then had to call a friend who worked in a telephone company to top his credit up with €5 to trigger the explosive. This call was made from a separate, registered phone.

The registered phone was on his name, leading the police directly to him.

Not only that, but, according to the newspaper, the last SMS that iċ-Ċiniż sent was to his wife, asking her to "Open up a wine bottle for me" - “Iftaħli flixkun inbid”. 

He sent the SMS to his wife at 3:30pm, about 25 minutes after the explosion that rocked Malta had occurred. 

It is being reported that the Degiorgio brothers - the main suspects in the murder case - had been planning her assassination for over two months. They are currently in police custody after being captured in a raid earlier this week. 

Questions have been sent to the Maltese police force and the article will be updated with any relevant information.

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Johnathan Cilia

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