Two brothers with a record of criminal activity are amongst the 10 suspects who were arrested today as part of the investigation into slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
A collage of mugshots of seven criminal has been circulating online all day. However, police sources told Lovin Malta only two names on the list are accurate – namely Alfred Degiorgio, nicknamed il-Fulu, and George Degiorgio, nicknamed ic-Ciniz.
The two brothers have a history of crime – Alfred Degiorgio was among three criminals acquitted of carrying out an armed robbery in 2004, while his brother George was charged and cleared with the possession of suspicious tools suitable for break-ins.
The brothers’ names popped up in court during the compilation of evidence against David Gatt, a former police inspector who had allegedly masterminded the foiled heist of HSBC’s Qormi headquarters back in 2010. Gatt, a freemason who co-founded the breakaway Grand Lodge of Malta, was acquitted of all charges related to the bank robbery earlier this year. Police sources say Gatt is not implicated in the murder so far.
Police officer Jonathan Agius had testified in court he had heard that Gatt had threatened him for carrying out a search on the car of George Degiorgio.
Agius said he had spotted George Degiorgio by chance while on the beat in Marsa. As he approached him to search his car, Degiorgio’s brother Alfred turned up in a Mercedes to help his brother out, and the two of them insisted they would only accept a search if it was carried out by CID officers. The car was later searched and nothing was found.