Daphne Caruana Galizia was a very influential research journalist in her home country Malta. She exposed corruption in both companies and politics. The island was shocked after a car bomb exploded and killed her. In Europe, there was widespread attention for her murder, since the free press was at stake. The people who executed the murder were quickly found, but those who ordered it remained vague. Until a couple of weeks ago…
That’s when Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat reported he had signed a presidential pardon for an intermediary. This means he is a free man and will be protected in case he reveals the names of the people who ordered the murder. Businessman Yorgen Fenech was arrested at the moment he tried to escape the island via sea on his expensive yacht. It was revealed that he had paid €450.000 to have Daphne Caruana Galizia killed. This is what Maltese media has concluded after they had taped several conversations between Fenech and an intermediary.
Morgen Fenech is the CEO of Tumas Group, a conglomerate of companies founded by his grandfather. They are the owners of a lot of expensive real estate projects like the Hilton Hotel, the tallest building of Malta, a casino, the main port company of the capital Valetta and several businesses in i-gaming and tourism. Malta’s citizens are shocked Fenech ordered the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The sons of the murdered journalist discovered Fenech is the owner of 17 Black, a company based in Dubai, which was mentioned in the infamous Panama Papers and is linked to several Maltese ministers. Daphne Caruana Galizia had ben following the corrupt activities of both businessmen and politicians. For this, she had to pay with her life. Both her sons are continuing the research their moeder had started.
The former chief of staff to Malta’s prime minister, Keith Schembri was arrested last week. He is suspected of being involved in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The prime minister keeps saying none of his cabinet members were involved. After continuing pressure, he announced he would resign once a successor is found. But to the astonishment of the Maltese people, Muscat still remains at his post.