Head of Security Services testifies in public inquiry on Caruana Galizia murder
In his testimony to the independent public inquiry on the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Head of the Malta Security Services Joseph Bugeja said that the MSS had discussed the investigations with the Security Council which includes the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Home Affairs Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Principal Permanent Secretary. He also said that there is another committee led by a Judge which each year carries out a report on the work of the MSS.
Questioned by the lawyers of the Caruana Galizia family, Mr Bugeja confirmed that Mr Cutajar was present although the law does not provide for this. Mr Bugeja explained to the board of inquiry presided over by Judge Emeritus Michael Mallia the work of the Security Service and the procedures to intercept phone calls although on specific cases he asked for these to be given behind closed doors.
Mr Bugeja, who has been heading the security services for the last five years, said that they work with the Police, the Armed Forces and Customs. He described the relationship with the Police as a very good one. He said that their work is not always communicated with the Police Commissioner but with the respective Police divisions with whom they are dealing.
Questioned about the number of people who work with he Security Services, Mr Bugeja said he cannot reveal this information because of the nature of the work. He said that the Security Services carry out several functions including protecting every citizen from threats and protecting the country against terrorist attacks, espionage, organised crime and other threats to public safety.