Malta – 17Black owner Yorgen Fenech pleads not guilty to charges of complicity in assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia
Yorgen Fenech was charged with complicity in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Saturday night. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and others, which include promoting or financing a criminal organisation and conspiracy to commit a crime. If found guilty, he will face up to a lifetime in prison.
This arraignment follows after his arrest earlier on Saturday after a fourth police bail. Yorgen Fenech this morning lost a Habeas Corpus case filed against the State for illegal arrest. The Magistrate, Audrey Demicoli ruled that Fenech had always had an effective release from custody.
Fenech, the owner of 17 Black had made three requests for turning state’s evidence and this arraignment indicates that the third request with the president may have been declined.
Ms Caruana Galizia’s husband, sons, parents and sisters were all present as inspector Keith Arnaud read out the charges against Mr Fenech, who did not request bail and was taken from court to a cell at Corradino Correctional Facility.
The Prime Minister should leave office and properly be investigated along with Keith Schembri, for their possible involvement in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the slain journalist’s sister, Corinne Vella, has told The Malta Independent
Speaking with the Malta Independent, she said: “what we now expect is for the Prime Minister to leave office and Parliament, and to be properly investigated along with Keith Schembri for their possible involvement in Daphne’s assassination.”
Earlier Melvin Theuma, the middleman who allegedly conveyed Yorgen Fenech’s instructions to the killers of Daphne Caruana Galizia, was photographed together with the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff, Keith Schembri, at the office of the prime minister.
In a grainy copy of the photo obtained exclusively by MaltaToday, Keith Schembri can be seen smiling with Theuma, in what is his office at the Auberge de Castille. The date the photo was taken is as yet unknown.
Former Minister Chris Cardona requested the speaker for protection in view of the allegations of a frame-up in his regards during a Cabinet meeting. Cardona said that although several claims were denied by Government, this fact was never denied. The speaker of the hose said that while one understands Cardona’s concern, there is not much he can do about this matter.
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