Person of Interest in Murder of Maltese Investigative Journalist Released


Maltese authorities have released a “person of interest” linked to the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Galizia was killed in a car bombing as she left her home on October 16, 2017.

The police said the suspect, Yorgen Fenech, was released to allow for further investigation. “If a person is taken to court, he or she cannot be further questioned by the police, and in this case, the police want to question him further,” Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat explained.

Fenech, a prominent businessman, was arrested on Wednesday morning in his yacht shortly after it sailed out of a Maltese harbor.

Muscat announced on Tuesday that a suspected intermediary in the murder, identified as Melvin Theuma, would be pardoned if he provides evidence of the murder.

Galizia had revealed the existence of secret Panama companies owned by the government’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi. The companies are reported to have been awarded government contracts irregularly.