The police have not managed to find the device journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia used to work from, with the only device in their possession an old laptop she had last used in 2015.
In the wake of Caruana Galizia’s murder last October, there were conflicting reports in the press over whether or not the police had managed to retrieve her laptop or not.
Court expert Aldin Cardona, who was entrusted by the inquiring magistrate to analyse electronic equipment from Caruana Galizia’s house, finally confirmed exactly what the police have in their possession during today’s court sitting against the three men charged with assassinating the journalist.
“We found a laptop at her house, but this hadn’t been used in a while and the most recent content on it was holiday pictures and blogposts from 2015,” Cardona said. “She must have used another device to work from because the most recent material on her blog wasn’t on this laptop.”
The three murder suspects. Court sketch by Seb Tanti Burlo
Matthew Caruana Galizia told police his mother hadn’t used that laptop in years and that she used to work from a tablet. However, the police have been unable to trace that tablet.
In an earlier sitting, police inspector Kurt Zahra confirmed that police were unable to find traces of a laptop at the scene of the explosion and that Matthew didn’t know whether or not his mother had taken it out with her.
Cardona also confirmed that police managed to retrieve two digital cameras and a memory card.
Murder suspects request bail
During the sitting, lawyers representing the three accused officially requested bail for their clients – a decision the court will make next Tuesday.
Lawyer William Cuschieri had originally suggested that the bail submissions be made next Friday during an on-site inquiry in Bidnija. However, this was lambasted as “insensitive” by the prosecuting lawyers – particularly by Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi, who is appearing in parte civile for the Caruana Galizia family.