The Malta Independent 19 January 2020, Sunday

Short sitting: Yorgen Fenech case against leading investigator continues

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 09:59 Last update: about 2 months ago

A hearing of the constitutional case filed by murder suspect Yorgen Fenech to have Inspector Keith Arnaud removed from the investigation related to the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia was over in less than 15 minutes today.

During the sitting, before Mr Justice Lawrence Mintoff, Fenech's lawyers presented just one witness, a representative of Jobsplus, who presented the court with a document about a woman who cannot be named by court order.

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The AG's office then said it was not in a position to start questioning Fenech, as it was expecting more witnesses today.

The hearing was then adjoured to 17 December.

Fenech is claiming that former OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri was being briefed on progress in the investigation by Arnaud.

Fenech has been charged with being the mastermind behind the Caruana Galizia murder. The compilation of evidence against has not yet started.

Below is a minute by minute account of the short proceedings in court today.

10.13am: Sitting postponed to 17 December at 9.30am.

10.10am: Mr Justice Mintoff gave Fenech's lawyers one day to inform the court of any more witnesses. The AG's office was asked whether it would like to start cross examining Fenech. Victoria Buttigieg said she was not ready for cross examining today as she expected more witnesses. They are now discussing on the next date

10.08am: Mr Justice Mintoff remarked to Fenech's lawyers that time is passing. Camilleri replied they are on right on schedule.

10.07am: The Jobsplus representative presented a document as evidence about a woman who cannot be named by court order. Lawter Camilleri told the court that this is all the evidence they had for today.

10.04am: Fenech's lawyer Marion Camilleri informed the court that a representative from Jobsplus testifies. It is agreed in court that the name of the witness is withheld.

10.03am: Mr Justice Lawrence Mintoff enters the courtoom

10.01am: Victoria Buttigieg and Maurizio Cordina from the AG's office are representing the State. Prison director asked members of the press for their press card before they were allowed inside. Prison security staff is also present in the courtroom.

10am: Fenech's lawyers Gianluca Caruana Curran and Marion Camilleri are in the courtroom.

9.59am: Yorgen just walked in the courtroom, handcuffed and accompanied by heavy security.

 

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