Yorgen Fenech, the main suspect in the Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination, should only get a plea deal or pardon if he can provide crucial information to the police to solve major crimes, PN Leader Adrian Delia and his challenger Bernard Grech have said.
Questions surrounding a potential deal have been gathering steam yet again after police revealed Fenech’s sensational statements given under interrogation in November, particularly with regards to Keith Schembri and Joseph Muscat. However, police have said information provided by Fenech cannot be proved as of yet.
Speaking on Xarabank’s first-online-episode aired on Lovin Malta, Grech confirmed that he had never met or spoken with Fenech. The same cannot be said about Delia.
Days after Chief Homicide Inspector Keith Arnaud confirmed that published extracts of WhatsApp chats between Delia and Fenech were the “exact text”, Delia insisted that he never actually denied receiving the messages.
Delia also confirmed that he had dinner on at least one occasion with Fenech. However, he said that this was a group of businessmen and before the reveal that Fenech owned 17 Black.
“It’s not like the content of the messages are even worrying,” Delia said.
Malta Today has recently published extracts from a conversation in February 2019. Earlier in the year, Times of Malta published a series of WhatsApp chats between Delia and Fenech in early 2019, before the businessman was arrested for the assassination of Caruana Galizia but after he was outed as the owner of the Dubai company 17 Black.
Fenech at one point asked Delia if he was up for an informal meal, with the PN leader thanking him for the offer and telling him he will ask his then head of media Pierre Portelli to organise it.
Portelli has said Delia never actually told him to organise such a meal.
Fenech also offered moral support to Delia after his wife accused him of domestic violence and after the PN was soundly trashed at last year’s European Parliament and local council elections.
The PN leader’s immediate reaction was to claim the chats were “created” as part of a scheme organised by people within the Labour Party in an attempt to intimidate him from fighting against their corruption.
Delia called on the police to investigate, claiming that his messages with Fenech don’t appear on his WhatsApp.
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