A suspect in the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia pleaded guilty

A suspect in the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia pleaded guilty

After nearly 4 years of investigation, Vince Muscat told a judge that he was responsible for the murder of the Maltese investigative journalist, killed in a car bomb in October 2017 for doing her job

I Remains of Daphne Caruana Galizia's car (photo: STR / AFP via Getty Images) Vince Muscat, one of the suspects in the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, pleaded guilty, allowing the arrest of three other people involved in the crime. After nearly 4 years of investigation, Muscat's confession marks a turning point in trial operations.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb in 2017. Her car was detonated with C4 plastic explosives , hidden in the vehicle and activated with a code sent via text message, Vince Muscat told judge. The reporter was conducting an investigation into a corruption case linked to the construction of a power plant by Electrogas, an energy company. One of the owners of the company is tycoon Yorgen Fenech, now accused of being the instigator of the murder. In fact, according to the evidence gathered, Caruana Galizia had received thousands of emails and documents that allegedly proved the entrepreneur's corrupt practices. She therefore she would be killed before he could reveal the results of her investigation of her. Fenech, who pleads innocent, was arrested in 2019 while attempting to leave Malta aboard a yacht and is awaiting trial.

(photo: daphnecaruanagalizia.com) Following the murder, the former Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat (no relation to the self-confessed criminal Vince Muscat) resigned, due to the alleged involvement of some members of the his government with the corruption scandal related to the award of the contract for the power plant. The ministers in question are Keith Schemri, head of cabinet, Konrad Mizzi, minister of tourism and Chris Cardona, minister of the economy. The journalist's son, Paul Anthony Edwards, speaking to the BBC called the Maltese government a "state mafia", claiming that his mother was killed for putting herself between "the law and those who tried to violate it".

In addition to Vince Muscat, the two brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio have been under arrest since 2017, accused of taking part in the murder. The two continue to plead innocent, despite Muscat's confession that he changed his strategy to get a sentence discount. Muscat was in fact sentenced to 15 years in prison and was pardoned for his involvement in another crime that took place in 2015, for having collaborated with justice. His statements also led to the arrest of two other brothers, Adrian and Robert Agius, and of their accomplice, Jamie Vella, accused of providing the explosive to kill the journalist and directions to use it. According to the Times of Malta, Augias and Vella allegedly tried to offer money to Muscat to buy his silence last October.

Muscat pleaded guilty to all charges received in the Caruana Galizia case: voluntary murder , initiation and possession of explosives, criminal conspiracy, involvement in the activities of a criminal organization. According to his statements, the original plan was to shoot the journalist with precision weapons. However, the rifles supplied to Muscat and the Degiorgio brothers by Agius and Vella proved to be defective. This is why the accomplices switched to explosives. According to Muscat, the text message that triggered the explosive was sent by George Degiorgio.

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