Maltese business tycoon and casino owner Yorgen Fenech has sought pardon after he was produced to the court. Fenech was arrested in connection with the murder case of anti-corruption investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The casino owner has sought pardon in the case and promised to cooperate with investigators and share information about her death.
The ‘pardon request’ also confirms his involvement with the murder. 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.
Fenech is the former director of energy-generating company Electrogas and former CEO of the Tumas Group, owner of the Portomaso Casino, Hilton Malta, and the Dolmen Resort Hotel.
Malta has been infamous for money laundering and being a tax haven for mafias. Recently, Moneyval, which is a prominent Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism, said that Malta needs to do more to rein in the syndicates which are involved with financial crimes including money-laundering and terrorist financing.
In its report, charging the Maltese government, Moneyval said that they need to do more to ensure there is no money laundering in their banking and online gambling industry in particular.