The Malta Independent 7 May 2021, Friday

Vince Muscat requests second pardon in exchange for information on failed robberies, assassination

Saturday, 20 March 2021, 15:00 Last update: about 3 months ago

Vincent Muscat, known as il-Koħħu, has requested a second presidential pardon in exchange for information on three more crimes, according to a report by the Times of Malta.

Muscat, who recently confessed to being one of the hitmen who killed Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb, has written to the State Advocate through his lawyer to request a pardon for his role in two failed armed robberies and an assassination – all three of which remain unsolved.

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It wouldn’t be the first pardon that Muscat has been granted: he was granted a pardon last month for his role in the 2015 murder of lawyer Carmel Chirchop.

His granting of the pardon led to the arrests of brothers Robert and Adrian Agius and their associate Jamie Vella.  They have subsequently been charged in connection to the Chircop murder and the Caruana Galizia murder, where they are alleged to have supplied the bomb which killed the journalist.

Testifying on the witness stand some days ago, Muscat made reference to a “big job” which allegedly involved former minister Chris Cardona – something which Cardona has denied – and an unnamed sitting minister.

It is believed that Muscat was referring to the failed 2010 heist on the HSBC offices in Qormi.

Muscat is currently serving a 15 year prison sentence for his involvement in the Caruana Galizia murder.  He had tried to obtain a pardon for his involvement in that case too, but this was rejected at the beginning of this year.

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