VALLETTA (Reuters) – The Maltese authorities’s former chief of staff has been arrested and confronted a second day of questioning on Wednesday as half of an investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, police sources mentioned.
Keith Schembri, a detailed pal of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, resigned on Tuesday after he was named by businessman Yorgen Fenech as a “person of interest” in the investigation, the sources mentioned.
The police haven’t formally mentioned why Schembri was under arrest or whether or not he was thought of a suspect in the case that has rocked Malta and led to renewed calls by opposition politicians for Muscat to resign.
Neither Schembri nor Fenech have made any public assertion since their arrests and their attorneys haven’t responded to requests for remark.
Fenech was detained every week in the past as he tried to depart Malta on his yacht, the day after information broke that the suspected intermediary in the 2017 murder of Caruana Galizia had been arrested.
Caruana Galizia was killed by a automobile bomb as she drove out of her residence. Three males are awaiting trial for having set off the bomb.
The suspected intermediary, Melvin Theuma, was granted a presidential pardon on Monday in return for proof that may very well be used in court docket to convict these suspected of ordering the killing. Local media reported that he had handed over audio recordings.
Caruana Galizia’s household mentioned they wished a gathering with Malta’s legal professional common, Peter Grech, to debate media reviews that Fenech may be given a pardon in return for naming senior officers who had been complicit in ordering the killing.
“We urgently want to clarify the situation,” mentioned Paul Caruana Galizia, one of Daphne’s sons.
The Times of Malta newspaper reported on Wednesday that Fenech’s physician had additionally been arrested on suspicion that he handed messages from Schembri to Fenech following his arrest final week, urging him to maintain quiet.
The police have 48 hours inside which to both cost or free folks under arrest however Fenech has been arrested and launched thrice in fast succession as questioning and investigations proceed.
Reporting by Stephen Grey and Chris Scicluna; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Angus MacSwan