Three held on suspicion of supplying bomb that killed Malta journalist – Man pleads guilty for murdering Caruana Galizia

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Prime Minister Robert Abela will be giving a statement at 7:45pm on the latest developments in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case.

Earlier on Tuesday one of the three persons accused of the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has pleaded guilty of the murder.

Prime Minister Robert Abela on Tuesday evening hailed the latest developments in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case as evidence that the country’s institutions are strong and work effectively. “This is a country where the rule of law really reigns,” he told a press conference at Castille.

Vince Muscat, known as il-Koħħu, has pleaded guilty earlier on Tuesday. He was given a 15 years prison sentence, and must pay €42,930 in costs to the court. His sentence will become effective immediately

Vince Muscat changed his plea from not guilty during pre-trial compilation of evidence. He has been under arrest since December 2017 when, together with another two men, he was accused of having planned and executed the murder. The other two are sticking to their not-guilty plea.

Muscat’s confession, together with the information he would hand over to the police, could have a domino effect on the other cases against his co-accused, Alfred and George Degiorgio, alleged mastermind Yorgen Fenech, and beyond. Muscat had requested a presidential pardon earlier this year but this was rejected by Cabinet.

Muscat sat, eyes bloodshot and teary, in the dock this afternoon before madam justice Edwina Grima as she asked him to confirm his change of plea. His co-accused, the Degiorgio brothers, sat stony-faced behind him. No less than 8 armed prison guards separated the brothers from their former co-conspirator.

A fourth person, multimillionaire businessman Yorgen Fenech who had high-level political connections, is suspected of having masterminded the crime and has been accused of being an accomplice to murder. He has denied wrongdoing. The self-confessed middleman in the plot, Melvin Theuma, turned state evidence in 2019 in return for a pardon.

Later, three men suspected of involvement in supplying the bomb used to assassinate journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have been arrested.  Brothers Adrian and Robert Agius and their associate Jamie Vella were rounded up during a police operation carried out on Tuesday.  The arrests came as murder suspect Vince Muscat, known as il-Koħħu confessed to his role in carrying out the journalist’s execution. Times of Malta

It was announced that Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Vince Muscat has been granted a presidential pardon to help shed light on the 2015 killing of lawyer Carmel Chircop. Cabinet gave the green-light to the request during a meeting on Monday. Times of Malta

In a statement delivered in court by the parte civile lawyer, the family expressed hope that this step will begin to lead to full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia. The family reminded the court: “A person who has admitted his involvement in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia has denied her her right to life and has denied her her right to enjoy her family, including her grand children who were born after she was killed”. “The macabre murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia was intentional and should have been prevented. The victim has paid with her life and her family is suffering the loss of their loved one.” Shift News

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