A bill of indictment has finally been issued against the three men charged with murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a horrific car bomb in October 2017.
The Attorney General released the indictment just a few weeks before Maltese courts would have been forced to grant bail to the three men, with the long-drawn-out compilation of evidence proceedings nearing its 20th month.
This now means that the three men, Vince Muscat, George Degiorgio and his brother Alfred Degiorgio, will appear before a jury.
Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit declared there was enough prima facie evidence to issue a bill of indictment against the three men on 21 December 2017, less than three weeks after the men had first been charged with the crime.
While the men have been charged with the crime, they have all pleaded not guilty.
A public inquiry into the murder has also been ordered by the Council of Europe.