The Police have practically concluded their investigations on three murders committed with similar methods in the past nine years. The Police have identified the suspects, however these are not yet in police custody because they escaped from Malta. The alleged murderer of the last crime was apprehended abroad.
Here are the latest details of the news story which also includes a case of a man charged with murder who, however, had managed to escape from prison in Malta while Interpol was requested to assist in the case.
Three weeks since the finding of the corpse of Victor McKeon at a flat in Santa Luċija, extradition proceedings are underway in Morocco of a 37-year old Libyan, who lived with the victim at the apartment. The Libyan is suspected with the Maltese man’s murder. He managed to escape at the last hour as during those days, flights between Malta and Morocco were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A police spokesperson told TVM that the Libyan is still under custody in Casablanca, through an International Arrest Warrant issued after a request by Police in Malta. The spokesperson said that the request for his extradition has to be approved by a Court in Morocco so that the Libyan can be brought to Malta.
On record, the Police have another two solved homicides with similar methods, however the suspects were not found in order to be arraigned in Court. The most recent case goes back to five years.
The case involves a murder of a 36-year old Maltese woman at a St Paul’s Bay apartment. She was stabbed five times. Police investigation concluded that the woman was killed by her former partner, a Libyan named Hamid Nour Eddine Ibrahim, who had escaped to Italy. He was last seen in Dublin a month after.
The Police spokesperson said that there is an international and a European Arrest Warrant against the Libyan. There is a similar warrant against a Turkish man, Mustafa Kosurgeli, who is suspected of the murder of his Bulgarian partner after stabbing her 40 times. The case occurred in June 2011 at a Qawra apartment. Investigations established that on the day of the murder the Turk left Malta with a flight to Istanbul.
There is also another homicide that goes back to the beginning of the 80s, which was solved and a man was charged with the murder of another man. The accused did not stand trial after elapsing from the Paola prison. In fact, the Police have requested Interpol’s assistance for the arrest of Ahmed Khalil Habib who escaped from prison in 1982 after he was accused in Court with the murder of a Lebanese.
The crime occurred the year before at the Gżira shoreline when Habib, allegedly, shot the Lebanese six times. He was apprehended by a sergeant and a constable who were near the scene. Habib escaped from prison together with a Maltese inmate when the two were under preventive custody on different cases. The Maltese man had surrendered to police, however Habib remained at large.