The Malta Independent 13 December 2019, Friday

Yorgen Fenech withdraws injunction calling for leading investigator to be removed

Monday, 2 December 2019, 14:40 Last update: about 10 days ago

Yorgen Fenech has withdrawn an injunction he had filed in a bid to have the lead investigator on the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case removed.

Fenech’s lawyers had argued that Police Inspector Keith Arnaud was too close to former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, a person Fenech has implicated in the murder.

Fenech, who is suspected to be the mastermind in the Caruana Galizia assassination, had filed a warrant of prohibitory injunction seeking the removal of Arnaud from the investigation.

Fenech was first arrested on 20 November after the Armed Forces of Malta intercepted him at sea aboard his yacht trying to leave the country. He had been released on police bail and re-arrested a number of times, before being formally charged with Caruana Galizia’s murder on Saturday.

Fenech had sent a letter, through his lawyers Marion Camilleri and Gianluca Caruana Curran, to Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar asking him for Arnaud to be removed from the investigation.

The police, however, subsequently said in a statement that Arnaud would remain part of the investigation, since there was "no basis" for his removal, and that the results achieved to date in the investigation were testament to this.

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