Testifies before Public Inquiry whether the homicide of Daphne Caruana Galizia could have been prevented

The Minister for Health, Dr Chris Fearne, testified before the Public Inquiry being conducted as to whether the homicide of Daphne Caruana Galizia could have been prevented. Dr Fearne said that after the Panama Papers emerged he had told former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat that Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri should resign.

Regarding the concession of the three hospitals given to Vitals Global Healthcare, the Minister said he was not involved in the agreement because everything was handled by Konrad Mizzi.

He said that when former PM Muscat spoke to every Minister individually after the publication of the Panama Papers the focus was more Konrad Mizzi.

Dr Fearne said that Dr Muscat had taken the position that the future of Keith Schembri would not be in the hands of the Cabinet but that he would take the decision as Schembri’s appointment was made by him as a person of trust. Asked about his relationship with Keith Schembri, Deputy PM Fearne said he always felt that Schembri had tried to derail his position as Deputy Leader.

At the beginning of the session Judge Michael Mallia, leading the Board carrying out the Inquiry, said a letter had been received from Prime Minister Robert Abela regarding the extension of the term of the Inquiry. The lawyers representing the Caruana Galizia family said they had made their position clear that no permission is needed for the extension of the term of the Inquiry.