The cross-examination of Vince Muscat, il-Koħħu, continues in courtroom 22, during the compilation of evidence against brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio. They are charged with the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Yesterday, George and Alfred Degiorgio filed a protest in the First Hall of the Civil Court, in which they are holding the Cabinet responsible for the decision not to grant their request for a Presidential pardon. They have asked the President of the Republic not to adhere to this Cabinet decision and warned that if this decision is not changed, they are ready to open a court case.
9.40 Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit enters the courtroom. Shortly afterwards, Vince Muscat enters. Also present are the Degiorgio brothers.
9.45 The defence lawyer for the Degiorgio brothers, Dr William Cuschieri begins his cross-examination. He asks about the plot to shoot Daphne Caruana Galizia. Muscat says that that was their first plan, to shoot her, and then to go to a garage in Naxxar and afterwards, everyone would go home. Asked how he would leave from Naxxar, Muscat said that he would leave with his car which would have been parked near the garage. Asked about the garage in Santa Venera, Muscat said that Degiorgio had told him to rent a garage and had found someone to lease the garage in his name. Asked about the rent book, il-Koħħu explained that sometimes he would keep it and at other times he used to dispose of it. He said there was a fake name on the book.
9.50 The lawyer asked whether the garage was being used for other criminal activities. Muscat asked what this question has to do with this case and chose not to answer after the Magistrate told him he has the right not to answer if he feels he will incriminate himself. When the lawyer told him that he received the pardon to tell the whole truth, Vince Muscat replied that the pardon was for the murder of Dr Chircop and not for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
9.55 Dr Cuschieri asked him about the car they had leased which was exactly the same model as that rented by Daphne Caruana Galizia, in order for them to practice on it. He mentioned that Robert tal-Maksar had told them where they could lease one. Asked whether he had heard Robert saying this, il-Koħħu replied in the negative, saying that he only used to speak to George and Alfred Degiorgio. He added that he knew that when they went, they would find the car ready.
10.00 Muscat confirmed that prior to the murder he had given a lift to Degiorgio to meet Chris Cardona who was a Minister at the time. Dr Cuschieri asked the witness whether he was ever in the company of Alfred Degiorgio and Dr Cardona. At this point, Muscat asks whether he can choose not to reply, with the Magistrate intervening and asking whether they were ever together at the same time. Muscat replies that yes, with the lawyer asking whether they were at a bar having a drink. Muscat once again replies in the affirmative. When asked whether this was after the murder, Muscat says no and that after the murder he never met with him.