The scene of the crime in Fgura. Photo: Net News
A brother of Nationalist MP Therese Comodini Cachia was not amongst the three men charged in court today in connection with a failed car bomb attack in Fgura last January.
MaltaToday’s sources had originally leaked to the paper that one of the four men arrested by police in a major raid on Thursday was Comodini Cachia’s elder brother Frank Cachia, prompting the PN MP to publicly state that she hasn’t spoken to her brother in years as a result of family disagreements. However, the newspaper later reported that the man arrested was actually Comodini Cachia’s younger brother Peter Paul Cachia.
Labour MP Glenn Bedingfield, who is also one of the Prime Minister’s communications aides, took to his blog to accuse media outlets of hypocrisy for not reporting this arrest.
Nationalist MEP Therese Comodini Cachia
However, Peter Paul Cachia was released on police bail today. The other three arrestees – Lorenzo Callus, Paul Farrugia and Jonathan Farrugia – were charged with the attempted murder of Mario Scicluna and his partner Elaine Galdes.
They were also charged with building and attaching a bomb to Scicluna’s car, being involved in a criminal gang, planning a dangerous explosion, causing damage to the neighbourhood and being in possession of explosive material.
Callus was separately charged with possession of an unlicensed weapon, as well as of cannabis and heroin. Paul Farrugia was charged with the possession of a large quantity of contraband cigarettes, while Jonathan Farrugia was charged with the possession of large quantities of cannabis resin.
The men have been remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to the charges but not requesting bail. Lawyers Franco Debono and Arthur Azzopardi appeared for Jonathan Farrugia, Roberto Montalto for Paul Farrugia, and Christopher Chircop for Lorenzo Callus. The case has been assigned to magistrate Aaron Bugeja.