In the case of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered in Malta, a former minister is said to have paid a killer 350,000 euros. Melvin Theuma, who describes himself as the middleman of the murder, testified in court on Monday. The witness is said to have been promised pardon for statements.
Theuma said the money was paid by former Secretary of the Economy Chris Cardona. A middleman handed it over from Cardona to one of the perpetrators. Cardona, on the other hand, told the Times of Malta newspaper that the statement was false. His cell phone number is said to have been stored on a cell phone that was found near the crime scene.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger who reported on politics and corruption, was blown up in a car bomb in October 2017. Three men are accused of carrying out the attack: Vincent Muscat and brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio have been in custody since late 2017. The businessman Yorgen Fenech, who had good contacts in the government at the time, has been indicted since December. The accused reject the allegations.
Against the background of the case, the government was changed and Malta got a new prime minister in early 2020.