Today’s compilation of evidence against the Degiorgio brothers is full of interesting details about Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder. It was Vince Muscat’s turn to take the witness stand for the first time since he began collaborating with the police. What he says is extremely interesting and in part contradicts Melvyn Thuema’s testimony in court. This time, I will be analysing some aspects of what Muscat is reported – by the Times of Malta – to have stated in court.
The first detail is that the hitmen were being pressurized to hurry up and kill Daphne Caruana Galizia because she was going to publish something important. They were pressurized by Melvyn Theuma in person. This is a detail which never came out in court before. Melvyn Thuema never spoke about it. Muscat tells the court that Theuma was acting on behalf of others. Muscat adds that Theuma referred to those who have commissioned this murder as ‘they’ several times in today’s testimony. Incidentally, Yorgen Fenech is never mentioned by Muscat. From Muscat’s testimony, we now know that it was not the work of one person as he used the plural. This is an extremely relevant point because Theuma has only spoken about Yorgen Fenech as the person who commissioned Daphne’s murder. One needs to remember that the way Theuma built his narrative made it to appear that this was a one-man job! According to Muscat and I am quoting the Times, Melvin Theuma told them that
But the question that needs to be asked here what details Daphne Caruana Galizia was going to publish? Did these details concern politicians or a member or members of her own family? And if it concerned a member or members of her family, why were these details so worrying for her? In other words, are these details about the 17 Black or about something which for Daphne Caruana Galizia was more important? Why is there an interest that these details are not made public? Why are the police not asking or exploring what these details are to establish exactly what Theuma was talking about? Why did Melvyn Theuma not speak about these details in his testimony? What was Daphne Caruana Galizia going to “publish” that was so worrying? Who are the individuals who are so worried? Were these details the reason why she wrote her famous last message which said that there are crooks everywhere. And by everywhere, did she also mean everywhere, including in her own household?
But there are more questions to be asked. Why has Matthew Caruana Galizia lied to Reuters and the international media about the reason why he left the car outside? He is on record to have stated that it was habitual for him and his brother to leave the car out. This version is being contradicted by Muscat and Muscat’s version is now espoused by the Police. Muscat stated under oath that
Why all these lies? Why was the car left out on the eve of her murder? When I started questioning Matthew Caruana Galizia’s version of things, he went ballistic and wrote a tweet to state that I am stating that he killed his mother. A whole campaign supported by the media of the Catholic Church was organized against me to be expelled from the University of Malta.
I wish to remind the reader that the family was given the privilege and right to select judges and magistrates as they please. Now it is blatantly clear that either Matthew Caruana Galizia or Muscat is lying. Readers should also remember the famous mantra repeated by the Caruana Galizia’s family lawyers that “Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done.”
We then have another shocking detail. The situation must have become desperate for the first plan was to get on with killing Daphne Caruana Galizia irrespective of whether there were others with her in the car. This brought on a reaction in court from the members of the family. But again, no one is asking why there had been a change in plan? Muscat stated that they decided not to go ahead with the plan. Why? Who was truly putting pressure on the hitmen to change plan?
I don’t think that it made any difference to the hitmen whether they killed Daphne Caruana Galizia on her own or with others even members of her family. Therefore, why did these hitmen or individuals who commissioned this murder had to change plan?