Notorious Maltese criminal Vincent Muscat ‘Il-Kohhu’ will be charged with the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia this evening, Lovin Malta can confirm.
This brings the total number of people to be arraigned tonight up to three – brothers Alfred Degiorgio ‘Il-Fulu’ and George Degiorgio ‘Ic-Ciniz’ were confirmed last night.
Police arrested ten people in Marsa, Buġibba and Ħaż-Żebbuġ last night, and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat later said some, but not all, of the suspects were known to the police.
The three men have history in the foiled heist of HSBC’s Qormi headquarters of 2010, which culminated in a police shoot-out, which was allegedly masterminded by police inspector turned lawyer David Gatt. Vince Muscat was charged with the heist and had been out on bail when he was shot three times in the head while parking his car in Msida in 2014. He laid the blame on Jonathan Pace, the former owner of Tyson Butcher. Pace was arrested but was shot dead himself a few weeks after he was released on bail.
Vince Muscat (Il-Kohhu) being escorted out of court
The Degiorgio brothers were not directly involved in the HSBC heist but their names popped up in the compilation of evidence against Gatt. 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.
Daphne Caruana Galizia had never written about any of the three men, which appears to rule out the possibility they had killed her out of a revenge. She had written about David Gatt, but police sources say the lawyer has not been implicated in the murder so far.