The former Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri was also a patient of Adrian Vella, the doctor of Yorgen Fenech, sources close to the investigation have told Lovin Malta.
Sources explained that Vella accompanied Schembri on several trips to the US to undergo cancer treatment.
Earlier, Lovin Malta revealed that Vella admitted to passing on secret messages to Fenech from Schembri while the former was under police bail, following his arrest in connection with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Schembri, who is now under arrest in connection with the murder, is believed to have been using Vella to pressure Fenech not to expose him in the case and other corruption cases.
When contacted by Lovin Malta earlier this week, Vella insisted that he had no relationship whatsoever with Schembri. However, a quick look on his Facebook page shows a wealth of photos of him blatantly promoting Rummo, the pasta brand owned by Schembri’s group of companies.
It appears now that the relationship is far more profound than initially suspected.
Schembri’s health was a hot topic during 2016 after reports emerged that he had contracted a severe illness from as early as 2015.
Using the Panama Papers, Daphne Caruana Galizia revealed that Schembri stayed at Casa di Cura Mater Dei, a private hospital in Rome’s elite Parioli neighbourhood, from 22 to 24 April of that year.
Il-Mument would pick up on the story saying that James Piscopo was set to replace him, while Caruana Galizia eventually claimed that Schembri’s illness was terminal.
However, Muscat would eventually tell the press that Schembri was “alive and kicking”.
Ever since his resignation, there has been revelation after revelation over Schembri’s possible attempts to intervene with the investigation.
Lovin Malta has reported that Schembri was one of the last people Yorgen Fenech called before he tried to flee Malta on his yacht last week.
Meanwhile, sources also believe Schembri was keeping Fenech informed of developments in the case.
PN MP Jason Azzopardi, the lawyer of Caruana Galizia’s family, has even claimed that Schembri tipped off the three men accused with carrying out the crime of their imminent arrest.
Schembri has since resigned as the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff. However, Schembri was spotted at Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s house on the eve of his arrest.