Yesterday’s compilation of evidence against the Agius brothers and Jamie Vella, continued. It was again Vince Muscat, known as il-Koħħu, to give evidence. What transpires from this court sitting is Muscat’s insistence that the hitmen were facing serious difficulties as to when to plant the bomb in the car.
We are told that the bomb arrived in Malta in September but it could not be planted immediately because the car was always being kept inside. Muscat did not state this point once but at least twice in yesterday’s sitting. It was only on the night of October 15th that the car was left outside.
In a previous court sitting, Muscat had already stated that the final plan was to blow up the car irrespective of whether Daphne was alone or otherwise. Nonetheless, there was a change of plans, presumably by those planning this killing who only wanted to murder Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Between September and October 14 2017, the car had always been parked within the compound according to the witness who together with his gang were at Bidnija every day watching the house. Yet, on record we have Matthew Caruana Galizia giving two different versions in two different interviews as to why the car was left out on the night of October 15. The first version given is that he was lazy. This version was given to Bonini. The second version is that he and his brother were in the habit of leaving the car outside. This latter version was given by Matthew to Stephen Grey.
Now, with Koħħu’s testimony in court today it is clear therefore that Matthew Caruana Galizia lied. The family was not in the habit of leaving the car out of the compound. Have the police actually investigated whether the car was intentionally left outside or was it a case of negligence? With so much being leaked to the media at strategic moments to my knowledge, no member of the Caruana Galizia family was ever called to HQ to be questioned on this important issue.
The Koħħu also tells the court that on that occasion when the car was left out and the bomb was planted in it, the hitmen still made sure that Daphne Caruana Galizia entered in the car alone. It was only after they confirmed that Daphne went into the car alone that the bomb was detonated. Why?
The answer to these questions can only be given by family members. However, the fact remains that contradicting versions given by Matthew Caruana Galizia give rise to more questions rather than provide any answers. Therefore, why only on that particular night and not on any other night was the car left outside the compound?