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Malta: PM Muscat insists politicians not involved in journalist's killing

1 20.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Yacht of Electrogas investor and 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech in Portomaso Marina, St. Julian, Malta
M/S Yacht of Electrogas investor and 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech
SOT, Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta (Maltese): "Today we have confirmed, once again, that the institutions in our country work objectively and impartially. I appeal for prudence, for a number of reasons; whilst respecting freedom of expression and freedom of the press, yesterday I was practically forced to make a statement. I could not avoid making a statement, while statements and reports could have been a form of alert for suspected people." *NO CUTAWAYS AT SOURCE*
SOT, Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta (Maltese): "I need to wait for the process, the process is ongoing. I'm sure there will be the respective conclusions. If you're implying that Keith Schembri or Konrad Mizzi were involved with the murder, the information I have, until today, is that they were not involved." *NO CUTAWAYS AT SOURCE*
SOT, Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta (Maltese): "Today I'm only saying that the information I have is that no politicians, until today, until now, were involved or suspected of being involved with the murder." *NO CUTAWAYS AT SOURCE*
SOT, Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta (Maltese): "The argument that I can make is that the fact the institutions were given the resources for this operation, and this was a major operation, so that no one will try to flee the country or try... I don't know what he was going to do after all... it shows the government's resolve and mine that what I said two years ago, leaving no stone unturned, it happens." *NO CUTAWAYS AT SOURCE*
M/S Yacht of Electrogas investor and 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech *NO SOUND AT SOURCE*
M/S Yacht of Electrogas investor and 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech *NO SOUND AT SOURCE*
SCRIPT
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said there was no indication two politicians were involved in the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The PM was speaking to journalists in the Maltese capital of Valletta following the arrest of businessman Yorgen Fenech on Wednesday.
"If you're implying that Keith Schembri or Konrad Mizzi were involved with the murder, the information I have, until today, is that they were not involved," he said.
Maltese police intercepted and arrested Fenech on his luxury yacht during a police raid after he left Portomaso marina in the early hours of Wednesday.
Fenech, manager and shareholder in the Electrogas power station, was the owner of Dubai company 17 Black Limited, which Galizia alleged was the source of income for offshore companies linked to Schembri, who is Muscat's chief of staff, and Mizzi, an MP and Malta's minister of tourism.
Galizia, an investigative journalist and anti-corruption activist, was killed by a car bomb in February 2017, eight months after reporting about the alleged connections.