In 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia was the victim of an assassination attempt. It was quickly suggested that her research on corruption in Malta was a motive. Now a well-known businessman was arrested. Premier Muscat is under pressure.
Two years ago, a Maltese businessman was arrested in connection with the murder of revelatory journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Units of the Maltese forces stopped Yorgen Fenech in the morning on his luxury yacht, which had already left the Portomaso marina, according to the Times of Malta newspaper. The arrest was confirmed to the German press agency from investigator circles.
Malta’s PM Joseph Muscat said a “person of interest” had been arrested. He could not officially confirm the reason for the arrest. According to The Times of Malta, the detainee is the director of a consortium that was commissioned by the government in 2013 to build a gas-fired power plant.
In 2018 it came out that he also owned a secret offshore company called “17 Black”. This should have had close connections to the then energy and current Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and Muscats chief of staff Keith Schembri. Caruana Galizia had reported that. Both had denied having cashed from this company.
Muscat made leniency offer
Only on Tuesday had Prime Minister Muscat surprisingly offered a presumptive middleman Fenech impunity, this should provide reliable information about the mastermind of the murder of Caruana Galizia. The man was arrested last week and claimed to know who had ordered the assassination attempt on the journalist.
On 16 October 2017, an explosive device exploded under the rental car of Caruana Galizia. Several times she had received death threats, which she reported to the police. Three men who reportedly detonated the car bomb were now charged with murder. So far, it was unclear who had ordered the murder.
Cancellation claims to the Premier
The government of the EU’s smallest country was again because of the case on Wednesday in the criticism. Revelatory journalist Manuel Delia called on the Maltese parliament to depose Muscat. “Fire Joseph Muscat – get a new Prime Minister,” Delia wrote in his blog.
The family of the murdered joined the resignation claims. “Joseph Muscat guaranteed the men who hired my mother’s killers, impunity for corruption, and now he holds the keys to justice, he should give it to someone else,” Daphne’s son Andrew wrote on Twitter.