The weapons found two days ago at the bottom of the sea in the area known as Miġra l-Ferħa include around 40 rifles and machiine guns, calculated to have a street value of €80,000.
According to the Times of Malta, which quoted sources close to the Police, the weapons are believed to have been part of an arms trafficking operation between Malta and Libya.
The Police are suspecting that brothers Robert and Adrian Agius tal-Maksar and Jamie Vella were involved in this trafficking ring – the three of them are being charged with complicity in the murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Carmel Chircop.
Among the arms, they also found explosive material, with a detonator which is of the same make used in the car bomb which killed Caruana Galizia.
According to The Times, it is not being excluded that the weapons were thrown into the sea before the three accused were arrested, because they had suspected that the Police were coming for them.
The report adds that, according to information by the Investigative Reporting Project Italy, the Agius brothers have ties with criminal gangs in Italy, Libya, Romania and Albania.
In 2015, the Italian Police allegedly received information about illegal arms trafficking by a member of the Santapaola mafia, who bought weapons from the Slovak manufacturer. After the weapons were activated it is understood that they used to be sent to Malta and from here to Libya.
Weapons and explosives found on seabed in Miġra l-Ferħ – it is not excluded that they were used by Maksar brothers