“Government will not rest until the brains behind DCG murder are found” – Owen Bonnici
Justice Minister Owen Bonnici said that the Maltese Government will not rest until it finds who the brains were behind the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. During a meeting of the EU’s Special Committee on Financial Crimes and Tax Evasion, Minister Bonnici said that three people had already been arraigned in the Maltese Courts who are being accused of her murder.
Questioned why Keith Schembri and Minister Konrad Mizzi have still not resigned from their posts, Minister Bonnici said that the two inquiries which were published had concluded that the allegations against them were not true.
Asked about who owns 17 Black, Minister Bonnici said that at the moment there is an ongoing inquiry about this company and as Minister he does not know any of the details of the investigation. He added that he has faith in the Maltese Courts which should be allowed to do their work in peace.
Minister Bonnici pointed out a number of laws passed by this Government to reform the justice system, including the removal of the law which time-barred cases of political corruption, the party financing law, the Whistleblower Act and the setting up of a Parliamentary committee to scrutinise those chosen to lead regulatory bodies. Dr Bonnici also referred to the setting up of a committee to chose members of the judiciary.
Speaking about the Citizenship by Investment Programme, Dr Bonnici said that people who apply for citizenship have to pass through a rigorous vetting process. He explained that the programme in Malta is one of the few which insists that a person who acquires citizenship needs to have a physical presence in the country. Minister Bonnici said that for there to be transparency, Malta is one of the few European countries which publishes the name of those who obtain citizenship.
Present for the meeting there was also Matthew Caruana Galizia, who alleged that the three men charged with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia gambled more than half a million Euro in the casinos owned by Yorgen Fenech, who is allegedly the owner of 17 Black. He appealed for a team to be set up of members from Europol to investigate the alleged corruption of Azerbaijan around Europe.