By Continentaleurope – Own work
The Maltese tycoon Yorgen Fenech has been indicted on charges of having been the instigator and organizer of the plot for the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galiza, killed with a bomb placed in her car on October 16, 2017. The prosecution yesterday presented the ‘bill of indictment’ (the act of requesting the opening of the trial) asking for life imprisonment for premeditated voluntary murder and others between 20 and 30 years for the criminal association.
The trial must be held within 30 months. The investigators thus considered concluded the phase of the ‘gathering of evidence’ that took place in the last year and a half, with the presentation of all the elements against Fenech. Central, the testimony of Melvin Theuma, the death broker who began to collaborate in the autumn of 2019, leading to the arrest of the billionaire who felt threatened by the blogger. Fenech, 40 on November 23, was the head of the Tumas Group (an empire made up of casinos, 5-star hotels, restaurants, construction, online gaming, finance, insurance) when he was arrested at the end of November 2019 while attempting escape from Malta with a family yacht.
The journalist on her blog for years has been revealing the endemic corruption in her country, attracting generalized antipathies. But to decree Daphne’s death, according to the indictment, was the publication of a post at the beginning of 2017 which revealed the existence of a Dubai-based company, 17 Black, which paid millions of euros into the accounts every year. offshore of the then head of cabinet of the Muscat government, Keith Schembri, and of the Minister of Energy (later switched to Tourism), Konrad Mizzi, for a corruptive pact linked to the Malta power plant (a joint venture with state ‘Azerbaijan, which also supplies the necessary gas). Only in November 2018 did the journalistic consortium Daphne Project with Reuters and Times of Malta confirm that the 17 Black in Dubai belonged to Fenech.
And in those days the entrepreneur had perfected the purchase on the dark web of two pistols with silencers, two Skorpion submachine guns, two grenades and 20 grams of cyanide. The detail was reported to the Court by the prosecution in response to the umpteenth appeal filed yesterday by Fenech to ask for bail. The request was once again rejected due to the risk of absconding. According to the Times of Malta, in the spring of 2019 it was the FBI that informed the Maltese police that it had identified Fenech’s movements on the dark web by investigating five of its cryptocurrency wallets.
Other journalistic investigations between 2018 and 2020 revealed that the Maltese tycoon’s secret company was at the center of other illicit business, including ownership of an online gambling company deprived of a gaming license in Sweden because it was guilty of money laundering. in favor of organized crime. At the end of July, the public inquiry conducted by three emeritus magistrates concluded that the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia was possible thanks to “the atmosphere of impunity created by the highest spheres of the Maltese government” and stated that the the entire cabinet of ministers had the “responsibility” for having done nothing to prevent the massacre of the journalist.