Yorgen Fenech and his lawyers have compared the ongoing public inquiry into the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia with the brutal and medieval Spanish Inquisition.
“With every passing day this inquiry is increasingly resembling the Spanish Inquisition, with the only difference that our client is not even present,” Fenech’s lawyers said in a new three-page court application, the Times of Malta reported.
In the application, Fenech and his lawyers say they want testimony referring to their client to be removed from the inquiry’s records.
Fenech has requested a copy of the entire testimony heard so far so that he would be able to go through it and defend himself against any and all claims made against him.
His lawyers, Gianluca Caruana Curran, Marion Camilleri and Charles Mercieca, also said that the inquiry itself was not following its own rules and may be “impeding and compromising” the case against him. They said that the inquiry must ensure that it doesn’t ignore Fenech’s presumption of innocence before being proven guilty, and must avoid tarnishing his name by linking him to several criminal allegations.
They said the inquiry had become a “trial within a trial”.
The Spanish Inquisition lasted about three centuries, and saw around 150,000 people prosecuted for various offences, mostly made-up, with about 5,000 people believed to have been executed as a result.
Fenech is being investigated over his alleged involvement in the planned assassination of Caruana Galizia, which occurred this week three years ago. He denies all allegations.