Conditional Presidential pardon recommended for man claiming to be ‘middleman’ in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination

epa06370196 A memorial for the slain Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia at the Great Siege monument opposite the Malta law courts in Valletta, Malta, 05 December 2017. On 05 December 2017 the three suspects were arraigned before the Court and accused of murder of the Maltese blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was killed in a car bombing near Mosta , Malta on 16 October 2017. EPA-EFE/DOMENIC AQUILINA

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Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has signed a letter that assures a presidential pardon to a man who claims to know the mastermind behind Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder plot, once evidence is given in court. 

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this morning a man arrested last Thursday is demanding a presidential pardon in exchange of information with regard to who is the mastermind behind the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The Malta Independent reports that while addressing reporters, Muscat said that the man was arrested in a police raid last Thursday in connection with a money laundering investigation, and he offered to provide information about the assassination, demanding a blanket pardon for all crimes he committed.

PM Muscat said that he has given his assurance that if the information given sticks in court, this presidential pardon is afforded. He also was reported saying that he took his decision on his own accord and did not seek Cabinet approval.

The Times earlier reported that a presidential pardon is on the table for a key suspect who claims to know who masterminded Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination plot.

A police source with direct knowledge of the matter said the arrest was made on Thursday as part of a separate investigation.

According to the report published on The Times,  the suspected “middleman” was arrested by police on Thursday during a raid that targeted an alleged money laundering ring that the man forms part of.

Over the past days, the police have been debriefing the man and seeking to corroborate what he claims to know about the plot. Police believe there are at least one or two other suspects involved in the murder but who have not yet been rounded up.

Europol are also part of the investigation and the investigators are hoping Europol’s analysis of his devices will offer up further evidence about those involved in the assassination.

According to the Times of Malta report, the conditions of the pardon have been the subject of intense discussions between the police, attorney general and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and until Monday night the terms and conditions were still being ironed out, according to sources.

Via Times of Malta 

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