Vince Muscat ‘il-koħħu’ had been the one who mentioned Melvin Theuma to the Police – Lawyer Arthur Azzopardi
Lawyer Arthur Azzopardi has stated that Vince Muscat ‘il-koħħu’ had been the one who had told the Police that Melvin Theuma was the intermediary in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, and the former Commissioner of Police Lawrence Cutajar had told him the request for a presidential pardon for Vince Muscat would not be granted on orders from above, as it was thought his evidence was based on hearsay.
Dr Azzopardi, who had formerly been defence counsel to Vince Muscat, one of three men charged with the murder of Mrs Caruana Galizia, was giving evidence in the public inquiry which is trying to establish whether the crime could have been avoided.
Dr Azzopardi stated in court that Vince Muscat had given Melvin Theuma’s name to the Police on 23 April 2018, and added that former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and former Chief of Staff Keith Schembri had been informed about this development by the end of the same month.
In his evidence, Dr Azzopardi told the inquiry that after Vince Muscat had mentioned Melvin Theuma’s name to the Police, the two other accused, Alfred and George Degiorgio, had confronted him and had told him they were aware he was speaking to the Police.
Dr Azzopardi further stated there were rumours that ‘il-koħħu’s relatives could be in danger and the prison food started being checked. Dr Azzopardi added that three months after Vince Muscat spoke to the Police, he started receiving threats to his life.
The rest of Dr Arthur Azzopardi’s evidence was given behind closed doors.