Lovin Malta can reveal the names of the seven men who the police have released on bail after they were arrested in connection with the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
These are Adrian Agius (photo) and his brother Robert Agius, Miguel Caruana, Sandro Cilia, Jamie Vella, Anton Cachia, and Rudy Camilleri.
Caruana Galizia had written about Adrian Agius in the past, given that he was the business partner of Ryan Schembri – the former owner of More Supermarkets who fled Malta with his family in 2014 to escape loan sharks to whom he had owed millions of euro. Ryan Schembri is the cousin of Keith Schembri, the chief of staff of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
Caruana Galizia wrote three blogposts about Adrian Agius – all dated 12th October 2014.
In one post, she cited how his father Raymond Agius, a smuggler, was shot in the head at the Butterfly Bar in Birkirkara in 2008 and how his associate Terrence Gialanze had vanished off the face of the earth in 2012 after telling his family he was going fishing. Gialanze, who at 23 years old owned a pricey BMW SUV, a Bentley and a yacht, used to rent a large villa close to Caruana Galizia’s residence in Bidnija.
Ryan Schembri, the former director of More Supermarkets
Agius then sent a cryptic message to Caruana Galizia to deny that he had fled the island.
“The Phoenix for your information I did not escape , I am on a business trip and I will be back . I now you don t have balls but if you find them some were in yours wife pocket lets meet up and we sort things out . You are just a low life afraid to show your face to hide under stupid name phoenix,” he said.
Robert Agius, the brother of Adrian Agius, made the news in 2003 when he was involved in a traffic accident in Pembroke. The incident was noteworthy as his brother Adrian and his father Raymond were arrested for assaulting journalists who were covering the accident.
No information could be gleaned online about the history of Anton Cachia, Miguel Caruana, Sandro Cilia, Jamie Vella and Rudy Camilleri – but they are believed to have links to the same criminal gang.
The seven men were first named in an article in Italian newspaper Il Messagero and their identities were confirmed independently by this website.
Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in a car bomb on 16th October
Three suspects were arraigned in court last night – George Degiorgio (Ic-Ciniz), his brother Alfred Degiorgio (Il-Fulu) and an associate Vince Muscat (Il-Kohhu). Police say they have electronic evidence that Alfred Degiorgio had been stationed in Bidnija on the afternoon of 16th October.
As soon as he saw Caruana Galizia approach her car, he contacted his brother George who, according to MaltaToday, was stationed on a cabin cruiser out at sea. George Degiorgio then delivered a fatal SMS to an electronic device which had been attached to the bomb which had been planted in Caruana Galizia’s car. All three suspects are pleading not guilty and have been arraigned in court.