Yogen Fenech, the Maltese casino owner arrested in connection with the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been charged with murder.
Fenech who is also one of the richest in Malta will be spending the rest of his life in prison. Fenech had sought pardon and promised to cooperate with the authorities.
According to Malta Today, at a brief arraignment before the magistrate’s court in Valletta on Friday, Fenech was charged with “promoting, organizing or financing a group with the intention of carrying out a criminal offence, actively participating in this criminal organization by giving information, material means or the recruitment of new members whilst aware of the purpose of this organization.”
On Saturday, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat who had been facing a lot of criticism as allegedly three members of his inner circle were involved in the case, resigned.
In a live TV address, the Prime Minister said: “It is not right that a person, with her good and bad, who contributed to democracy had to be killed this way… The anger and disappointment are understandable and it is never justified to somehow justify the murder. But neither can disorder and violence be justified under the guise of protest.”
There have been widespread nationwide protests against the government.
Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb back in 2017 following which the police had arrested three men. Those arrested were charged with triggering the explosive.
But the clear motives behind the murder were not established and investigations continued. Caruana Galizia wrote vociferously against corruption and also posed difficult questions for many in the power corridors.