UPDATED: Mixed reactions after it emerges that Silvio Valletta travelled abroad with Yorgen Fenech
Former Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta has declared in a statement that he had never been aware of Yorgen Fenech’s involvement in the Daphne Caruana Galizia case.
Silvio Valletta made his statement after The Sunday Times reported that Valletta had travelled abroad with Yorgen Fenech to watch a football match in England in September 2018. According to the Sunday Times, at the time Fenech was already considered a person of interest in the investigation.
In his statement, Mr Valletta recalled that in June 2018 he had been stopped from continuing to investigate the case following a decision by the Constitutional Court. Mr Valletta confirmed with the Sunday Times that he had been abroad with Yorgen Fenech, but stated that he had paid for the trip from his own pocket.
Silvio Valletta further stated that he would never have travelled abroad with anyone if he had known or thought the person was under investigation.
Valletta reiterated that he had even retired from the Corps because of criticism in regard to his wife, Minister Justyne Caruana. Valletta added that this was despite the fact that a professional relationship existed between them, and they do not discuss work.
Reacting to this development, Minister Byron Camilleri who is responsible for the Police Corps told TVM he believes an investigation should be carried out into every allegation. At the same time, Minister Camilleri stated that no politician should ever interfere or become part of these types of investigations.
Minister Camilleri stated as a result of these reports, he is more convinced of the need for reform within the Police Corps. Dr Camilleri added that a proposal will be put to Cabinet this week regarding a new method for selecting a Police Commissioner. The Minister added that this would lead to more scrutiny in the selection for this important post in the Police Corps. Minister Camilleri said this proposal would also be discussed in
Repubblika has said that Prime Minister Robert Abela should remove Minister Justyne Caruana because of her husband’s familiarity with Yorgen Fenech. The NGO said that Silvio Valletta had travelled with Yorgen Fenech when the allegations about Electrogas were already in the public domain, and had been published by Daphne Caruana Galizia. It was Valletta’s duty to investigate Fenech and not to socialise with him.
Repubblika also said that the PRime Minister should remove Finance Minister Edward Scicluna who had chosen Silvio Valletta to me an FIAU board member, where he remained until his resignation from the Police Force.