Malta govt rejects murder pardon bid by businessman

Businessman Yorgen Fenech leaves the Courts of Justice in Valletta, Malta, on Nov 28, 2019.
Businessman Yorgen Fenech leaves the Courts of Justice in Valletta, Malta, on Nov 28, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

VALLETTA (REUTERS) - The Malta government turned down on Friday (Nnov 29) a request by a prominent businessman for immunity from prosecution in connection with the 2017 killing of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Yorgen Fenech was arrested just over a week ago as he tried to leave the Mediterranean island aboard his luxury yacht and is considered to be a person of interest in the investigation.

In documents filed in court, Fenech's lawyers said their client was prepared to give information about people close to the prime minister, including former Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and former Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, who resigned on Tuesday, and former Economy Minister Chris Cardona, who has'suspended himself' from his duties.

The government decision to reject his request for immunity came after an extraordinary Cabinet meeting which started at 8pm on Thursday and ended shortly before 3am on Friday.