Andrew Caruana Galizia appeared on Turkish news channel TRT World last night to discuss developments in the case of the assassination of his mother, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
“One sickening detail after another has emerged, showing how very closely linked the Prime Minister and the people around him were to the cover-up of my mother’s assassination,” Caruana Galizia told viewers, referencing the reveal of how suspected middleman Melvin Theuma was given a false government job a few days after arranging the murder.
In the past two weeks, more and more details have emerged as investigations into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia continue.
“We also found out that a personal bodyguard of the Prime Minister was used as a go-between to [then Chief of Staff Keith Schembri] and the hitmen who were, at that point in time, already in custody,” Caruana Galizia said.
Indeed, it was revealed that bodyguard Kenneth Camilleri had told Theuma to inform the three suspected triggermen that they would receive bail on November 22nd 2018.
With the three men having never been granted bail, Theuma’s responsibility was then shifted to taking care of their legal fees through murder suspect Yorgen Fenech.
Pointing towards Fenech’s position as a government contractor and his holding of shares in the Delimara power station, Caruana Galizia dubbed the businessman an “oligarch” in the plot to murder his mother.
When asked if Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s resignation was seen as an admission of guilt, he responded that while it was obvious as to why it was announced, Muscat had never actually given a definite reason as to why he was stepping down.
Joseph Muscat’s resignation came during a message the nation in a recorded message on Sunday evening, informing the country of his decision to stand down as leader of the Labour Party in January next year.
Andrew Caruana Galizia was also asked to look back at his mother’s situation two years ago, before her death, and questioned as to whether she was aware of how many powerful enemies she was making.
“Of course she was,” he responded, “but she didn’t think anyone would be stupid enough to murder her.”
Andrew went on to explain further details that had emerged, speaking about the current level of corruption in Malta, highlighting Theuma’s testimony yesterday.
When asked for his thoughts on the EU’s suggestion of the government’s internal investigations not being carried out in good faith.
“We know that it’s not true because the police investigators appear to have been acting in good faith,” he admits. “They were briefing the Prime Minister and his Chief of Staff with detailed reports on who they were planning to arrest and when they were planning to arrest them.”
Caruana Galizia highlights the fact that if Theuma’s testimony proves true, the men arrested in 2017 were tipped off about their arrest, as well as Fenech’s attempt to flee the country and the information of his own impending detainment.
“We know that Keith Schembri has attempted to cover up my mother’s assassination and we also know that he received detailed briefings from the police.”
“Theuma had testified under oath yesterday, with hopes of meeting the conditions of his proposed presidential pardon, that after panicking to Fenech – who is being charged with the commission of the murder – about the FBI’s involvement in investigations. Theuma was reportedly told that there was nothing to worry about “because the FBI was working with the Maltese police”.
This confession proves the frightening undertone of the accused’s confidence in getting away with murder.
Caruana Galizia had seen Fenech when he appeared in court last week before pleading not guilty to commissioning the assassination of the famed journalist.
He also referred to a number of reports in the press, telling of the Degiorgio brother’s angst while in prison, rebuking their claims by pointing out the fact that the three men arrested in 2018 for the murder charges were tipped off of their arrest.
“The country now suspects that the ex-Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister had skewed the course of justice after it emerged that Keith Schembri received detailed briefings from the team spearheading the investigation,” Caruana Galizia said.