Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has stated that the interrogation of the person suspected of having been the middleman in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia is still ongoing.
Dr Muscat added that the suspect, who requested a Presidential pardon in order to reveal the information, has not as yet given the full information, further stating that this is part of the reason why he is not in a position to reply to all questions being put to him by the media.
The Prime Minister reminded, however, that he had signed a letter committing himself to recommend a pardon if the suspect provides evidence which can be corroborated in Court. “Right now the person who has offered to give information has not given the full information yet, and the pardon has not been granted yet. So I think we should all keep in mind that this is a very delicate time and this is not a time when I can just speculate,” Dr Muscat said.
Questioned by journalists, Dr Muscat confirmed that yesterday’s arrest of Yorgen Fenech had not been as a result of information given by the suspected middleman.
The Prime Minister stressed that this is a delicate moment. Asked when Fenech will be arraigned in Court, the Prime Minister said that the police should not be placed under pressure to rush, as the case is not yet closed.
“The case is not closed yet. Someone needs to be arraigned. Someone needs to get the presidential pardon and my top priority right now is not to feed public curiosity, but my aim right now, and my top priority is to make sure that this case is closed,” the Prim Minister said.
Asked whether Keith Schembri had reported to work at Castille after the latest developments, Dr Muscat said that at that time in the morning he was at work in Gozo and did not know whether Mr Schembri had been to his office.
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