The Malta Independent 24 October 2021, Sunday

Surveillance, phone calls link former police superintendent to Daphne Caruana Galizia murder leaks

Sunday, 2 May 2021, 11:13 Last update: about 7 months ago

Police surveillance and intercepted phone calls are being used to give credence to suspicions that former police superintendent Raymond Aquilina leaked details of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder to those allegedly involved.

A Times of Malta report quotes sources saying that Aquilina – who headed the anti-money laundering unit within the Economic Crimes Unit at the time – was spotted walking into the office belonging to Johann Cremona in the summer of 2019.

Cremona is a business associate of Yorgen Fenech, alleged to have masterminded the journalist’s murder, and is believed to have acted messenger between Fenech, middleman Melvin Theuma, and former OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri.

Aquilina’s visits to Cremona’s offices were flagged by investigators as suspicious, especially as Aquilina had not discussed the meetings with his police colleagues.

It is also believed that police have phone intercepts which back up their theories with regards to leaks of information.

Theuma has testified in court that he was expecting a list of which of his properties would be raided before his arrest in November 2019 – a list allegedly supplied by Aquilina.

Aquilina was arrested and taken in for questioning on Thursday and again on Friday.  He is currently on police bail and is likely to face criminal charges.

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