The Malta Independent 18 September 2021, Saturday

We were like a train on tracks, someone would have to blow it off to stop it - Caruana Galizia

Tuesday, 27 July 2021, 10:06 Last update: about 3 months ago

Journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia told a court today that he and his mother’s investigation into the Electrogas deal was “like a train on tracks heading towards the station and someone would have to blow it off the tracks to stop it."

Testifying in the compilation of evidence against Yorgen Fenech, Caruana Galizia said that after his mother was murdered, he did his best to continue her work, and this involved speaking with sources.

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“It was in that form that I saw hard evidence that Yorgen Fenech owned 17 Black. I was contacted by someone who said he had information from a bank in the Gulf where he was trying to open an account to cash cheques. They're manager's cheques which are issued by banks when closing accounts.”

Fenech is accused of being a mastermind in the killing of the journalist on 16 October 2017. He was revealed to be the owner of Dubai company 17 Black, which was a “target client” of the Panama companies set up for former OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri and former minister Konrad Mizzi.

In the course of his testimony yesterday, Caruana Galizia exhibited a company resolution of 17 Black, where it changes its address, days after Daphne Caruana Galizia revealed the owner of 17 Black to be Yorgen Fenech. He also exhibited a copy of a Reuters report on the investigation into 17 Black and his mother's murder.

"We were doing our best to continue the work that my mother had started. Earlier in 2018 we had said that we need to find out who the owner of 17 Black is and throw a huge amount of effort behind that. This is the result of that effort, that article," he testified.

He said that he used to help his mum to receive documents from the source who was providing details on the Electrogas project. “My mother didn't know how to set up systems and technical stuff like that. This person was sending such a volume of documents, all of which were relevant. […] I realised that this was not someone who has a vendetta... not someone who was fired or wanted revenge or something. […] This was something we had to pay attention to.”

“The way we worked was very different from each other, my mother was a classically trained reporter, calling people up, using the phone and doing the writing. […] She was always the one who did the writing and sent the question. But she would ask me to help with things she was unskilled in dealing with, like data and using software. […] This was how we started to focus on Yorgen Fenech.” 

 

He said his mother had published some blog posts and articles which were based on data and information coming from that source, but “we had decided that it was something so big that we had to wait till the end of the year. There was a lot of chaos surrounding the election and we didn't want it to be lost in all that.”

For a minute-by-minute account of the testimony, please read below

Courtroom players

Magistrate Rachel Montebello is presiding.

Superintendent Keith Arnaud and Inspector Kurt Zahra are prosecuting, aided by Deputy Attorney General Philip Galea Farrugia.

Fenech's defence lawyers are Marion Camilleri, Charles Mercieca and Gianluca Caruana Curran.

Lawyers Jason Azzopardi and Therese Comodini Cachia are appearing parte civile for the Caruana Galizia family.

14:58 Thanks for following today's case with us. Our court reporter, Matthew Agius, will be providing a write-up of the hearing soon. 

14:57 The next sitting will take place on August 2 at 10am. Matthew Caruana Galizia will be cross-examined on August 12. 

14:56 Mercieca says the defence had presented an application. The Attorney General has four days to reply, says Galea Farrugia. The court is dealing with administrative aspects of the case, in particular transcriptions of witness testimony. The court is now thrashing out the dates for the next sittings with the lawyers.

14:46 Caruana Galizia has finished testifying. He steps off the stand, and sits down next to lawyer Therese Comodini Cachia. 

14:45 Caruana Galizia confirms that no emails where saved to his mother’s laptop or iPad. Mercieca asks where they were stored before, but Caruana Galizia continues. “I didn’t use my mother’s computer to do that because it’s my mother’s computer. I find it strange to use my mother’s computer while my mother needed it for work,” he replied.

14:41 “My mother had communication with the source and didn't have the knowledge to handle such large amounts of data. She never showed me a document like that on her laptop, never ever ever. It is simply not the way we conducted that investigation.”
He adds that the external hard drive was encrypted. 

14:40 “Would I be correct to say that your mother had access to this information on her laptop?” asks Mercieca. “No no, I had an external hard drive and I carried it around with me most of the time because we knew it was so sensitive. […] I never emailed these documents to my mother and even if I did she wouldn't have saved it on her laptop.”

14:39 “They were stored on an external hard drive that I went out and bought, the majority were stored there […] The only other documents that my mother had showed me were on a phone that she had at the time. I am not sure if it is the same phone she was using at the time of her murder.” 

14:38 "Were these received in electronic format?" Merceica continues. "They were received in electronic format but I do not wish to talk about it… I don't really want to describe the mechanism the source was communicating with my mother through."

14:36 "You mentioned these 100,000 documents. Did you receive them in electronic form?" Mercieca asks. "There were some documents which my mother might have printed out, but I don't remember. I don't really want to talk about..." “You talk about what we ask you,” Mercieca counters.

14:34 Jason Azzopardi asks about the contents of the leak his mother had received about Electrogas. “How large, how many docs?” "It must have been over a hundred thousand documents in total," Caruana Galizia replied. Mercieca says he will ask a question and then reserve cross-examination for the next sitting.

14:33 The witness moves on, saying that there was evidence on Fenech's phone showing the relationship between Fenech and Mizzi "Uwejja!" shouts Fenech (Come on). Mercieca objects to the whole testimony of Caruana Galizia. "Why doesn't he present the laptop and not selective extracts of it?” The court tells the witness not to draw conclusions.

14:32 "We had discovered that Fenech was convicted of drug possession and was going through a personal crisis at the time. We knew Fenech was behaving erratically before and after the murder, and my mother would have considered it to be of humongous public interest that one of the main shareholders had been convicted of an offence in the USA." Mercieca objects again, saying that if they wanted to testify about the character of the accused, the defence reserved the right to do the same.

14:31 After the murder, we discovered that Fenech had been convicted of drug possession in the US, Caruana Galizia says. Mercieca interrupts and objects. Azzopardi says it is the truth. "You cannot censor the truth" Azzopardi said. "You censor the truth!" shouts Mercieca.

14:29 He exhibits a company resolution of 17 Black, where it changes its address, days after Daphne Caruana Galizia revealed the owner of 17 Black to be Yorgen Fenech. He also exhibits a copy of a Reuters report on the investigation into 17 Black and his mother's murder. "We were doing our best to continue the work that my mother had started. Earlier in 2018 we had said that we need to find out who the owner of 17 Black is and throw a huge amount of effort behind that. This is the result of that effort, that article." 

14:26 There was worry at the banks about the loan facility given to Electrogas, and in this email you have Fenech’s side of things. "Our concern is due diligence," Caruana Galizia said. "We felt like things were coming together. These disparate threads were dovetailing […] This was a long running project, planned in 2013 and kept going,” he says.

14:24 "We were like a train on tracks heading towards the station and someone would have to blow it off the tracks to stop it," Caruana Galizia says. Mercieca objects, saying that this was an opinion given only for media fodder. 

14:23 Caruana Galizia continues to read from these emails. Fenech had said “This was one huge stress, I was petrified” in one email, and in another email he is seen speaking of plans to sue David Casa and Manuel Delia in London with a top libel lawyer.
Meanwhile, Yorgen Fenech gestured. “Illum ma ħareġ xejn,” he says (Nothing new came from this hearing).

14:19 Mercieca objects again, “This should be used in the closing remarks to a jury. Never have I seen a witness be allowed to testify so freely in a court of law.” The court overrules the objection, however, pointing out that he was giving information to the compilation of evidence. 

14:18 “We were looking at all kinds of data, and one of the things that I want to present to the court, because it helps describe what we were working on at the time, is an email sent by Yorgen Fenech in 2018. This was before Thomson Reuters published the story on 17 Black. […] It was an email Fenech sent to his wife. Part of the data was presented in this compilation of evidence." 

14:15 Mercieca stands up and states that this document has no reference to Keith Schembri, but only an initial. He says that the evidence of the inspector verges on hearsay, more so Caruana Galizia's. "I can't go back in time and produce a recording of my conversation with my mother, but I can go back and get notes which had been taken at the time. […] Where I have a note or a message or an email I will present that, but I don't always have that unfortunately.” 

14:14 “After the murder I did my best to continue my mother's investigative work, and this involves speaking with sources. It was in that form that I saw hard evidence that Yorgen Fenech owned 17 Black. I was contacted by someone who said he had information from a bank in the Gulf where he was trying to open an account to cash cheques. They're manager's cheques which are issued by banks when closing accounts,” he said.

14:10 He mentions emails sent by Michael Kuntz, who was project coordinator for Electrogas, to liaise with Keith Schembri, who he refers to as "Special K". In these emails, he is seen asking Yorgen Fenech whether they should take a decision that could affect the relationship with Keith Schembri.

14:05 He refers to a blog post titled "17 Black the PM claims not to know anything about it" from 27 Feb 2017. On 26 May 2017, she published a draft FIAU report that was leaked, mentioning 17 Black. He lists further blog posts penned by his mother mentioning 17 Black. 

14:03 They noticed that Yorgen Fenech was hugely influential, given the volume of emails being exchanged, and what was being asked of him by shareholders and Electrogas employees. This led to Daphne Caruana Galizia focusing more on him.
“This draws attention to you, but this is the risk you have to take as a reporter,” he says.

14:01 On the same day she published another blog post, saying that she had learned that 17 Black in UAE was being used to move money connected to Electrogas. “Fenech was a key person in the investigation. We considered him to be a member of this clique that my mother was writing about.” Fenech is seen smiling briefly and looking down.

13:59 He now refers to a blog post from 22 February 2016, titled ‘Konrad Mizzi and Sai Mizzi Yang’s Easter Lunch’. Daphne told her son that Konrad Mizzi had gone ‘berserk’ after the publication of the story. A year later, she mentioned 17 Black publicly, after a long time investigating its ownership. In the comments under this blog post, there is a comment from someone talking about a conversation they witnessed between Mizzi and someone else. Caruana Galizia had replied, saying that it figured and mentioned Yorgen Fenech.

13:56 The lawyers are starting to bicker over the relevance of Caruana Galizia’s testimony so far, but the witness continues. He said that the different threats across their investigations were dovetailing, between Electrogas and the Azerbaijani laundromat, and the work of other journalists. 

13:54 With his mum, Caruana Galizia also discussed Silvio Valletta’s role in the FIAU. “Had things been different, we would have acted differently.”
He mentioned that Valletta and Fenech were in a Whatsapp group called “No Valletta No Party”. 

13:53 “The people she was investigating controlled or had a huge amount of influence to punish her sources, but this is something I discussed with my mother as a strategy. One time I was called to testify before a Magistrate. When I mentioned that Ian Abdilla would be in the room, my mother told me he was completely untrustworthy, as he was an associate of those she was investigating.” 

13:50 “My mother and I never discussed the information on email or over an open phone line as it was too risky. So, I would make frequent trips to Malta. […] The way she worked was that she hardly ever did anything through email, or by saving drafts on Google docs, and so on. […] If she had absolutely had to tell me something electronically, she would instruct the recipient to delete the message after reading it.”

13:48 The Electrogas story had to go out when it went out, he said, even though he and Daphne "were saving things for a big splash". When new journalists started looking at the information after it was published, more information was uncovered. If she had still been alive, she would have been able to gather the information herself, he said. 

13:45 He explains that he had lost his phone at one point but confirmed that the exchange he presented took place. "It's the best evidence that I have at this point." 

13:44 His mum asked about an email mentioning the companies, which would help protect the source. “I replied that the data we had didn’t go that far. […] She was on the trail of these two companies before anyone else,” he said, referring to Macbridge and 17 Black.

13:43 "Since I last testified, Thomson Reuters and Times of Malta published a report on Macbridge... In this report the journalists reproduced a verbatim copy of a WhatsApp message between myself and my mother,” he says, reading out the exchange.

13:39 He exhibits a copy of a note that his mother had taken, dated before April 2017, when she had published a report based on this data. "She made a note with pending items to investigate. The first on the list was 'Yorgen phonecall'. Below that she wrote ‘Electrogas’.” 

13:37 “In 2017, my mother gave me several numbers of people in contact with Keith Schembri. The information proved highly reliable and accurate, and was confirmed by several people. One of those numbers was Yorgen Fenech's.”
Caruana Galizia pauses as he leafs through his file, looking for a document. 

13:35 “The way we worked was very different from each other, my mother was a classically trained reporter, calling people up, using the phone and doing the writing. […] She was always the one who did the writing and sent the question. But she would ask me to help with things she was unskilled in dealing with, like data and using software. […] This was how we started to focus on Yorgen Fenech.” 

13:34 “I helped the investigations in any way I could. I didn't want the murder to achieve its goal and stop what my mother started.”
This led to a succession of reports later known as the Daphne Project. 

13:33 “We were under pressure after the murder. It became worse, I was hardly in a position to continue the investigative work my mother had started. So my family and I took the decision to work with a team of investigative journalists.” 

13:33 “It was only a few days after the murder that I passed on the data to two investigative journalists. I recognised how important this information was, so I made backup copies and made sure to send them to people I trusted in case something happened to me as well, so this information wouldn't be lost.” 

13:32 “My mother had her website which wasn't really set up to do something like this, and the work took even longer because we - my mother , myself and a few other journalists involved- felt very isolated and didn't want to get more people involved in the investigation.” He added that the source was also at risk. 

13:31 “My mother did publish some blog posts and articles which were based on data and information coming from that source, but we had decided that it was something so big that we had to wait till the end of the year. There was a lot of chaos surrounding the election and we didn't want it to be lost in all that.” 

13:30 Caruana Galizia said that he helped his mum to receive documents from the source, after his mum and the source started to liaise digitally. “My mother didn't know how to set up systems and technical stuff like that. 

13:29 “This person was sending such a volume of documents, all of which were relevant. […] I realised that this was not someone who has a vendetta... not someone who was fired or wanted revenge or something. […] This was something we had to pay attention to.”

13:27 “In 2017 my mother was facing lots of pressure and harassment and lawsuits, but she was also receiving lots of information from sources,” he said. “I travelled to Malta, and we looked at some of the things she was working on. She told me that she had a source who was passing on extremely important information and emails from Electrogas. She started showing me these documents.”

13:26 "The way things worked out, was when I started working on the Panama Papers in 2015... it joined up with my mother's investigations in Malta. My mother was investigating Electrogas and was suspicious about it from the beginning. At the time some journalists I was working with were investigating SOCAR, one of the shareholders in Electrogas. This is why I started working more closely with my mother.”

13:24 The defence says it is not necessary for Caruana Galizia to exhibit his CV and qualifications. Inspector Zahra asks the witness what he knows about his mother's murder case. 

13:24 "For many years these investigations were what I lived, day to day." 

13:23 "These investigations involved an enormous amount of work with the team, and as a result we got to know the subject matter really well. We acquired experience in investigating tax evasion, money laundering and tax avoidance and financial crime," he said. 

13:22 When he started working with the ICIJ, Caruana Galizia investigated money laundering and corruption. He worked on the Swiss Leaks investigation on HSBC in Switzerland, the Lux Leaks investigation on tax deals, and various investigations including the Panama Papers which he started working on in 2015 and carried on with for four years after that. He was also involved in the Paradise Papers investigation.

13:19 Caruana Galizia had previously testified in these proceedings. He says that he is currently the director of the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, having previously worked with the ICIJ. He holds a masters in journalism.

13:17 The compilation of evidence continues. Matthew Caruana Galizia is summoned to the witness stand and administered the oath.

13:15 A knock on the door and Magistrate Rachel Montebello emerges from chambers. The court is dealing with another case, hence the delay. 

13:07 The courtroom is slowly starting to fill up again, with Inspector Kurt Zahra, Assistant Attorney General Philip Galea Farrugia and lawyers Gianluca Caruana Curran and Charles Mercieca all filing in. 

13:06 Yorgen Fenech has returned to the courtroom in anticipation of the restart in proceedings. Matthew Caruana Galizia, Daphne’s son, will be next to testify. 

12:41 Inspector Zahra tells the court that the next and final witness will testify for about an hour. The court orders a break till 1pm. 

12:41 His testimony ends, and the witness steps off the stand.

12:40 He had testified twice before the courts on this issue. He doesn't recall Degiorgio’s number. "It's on my phone, which is in the custody of the police along with many other belongings which I haven't been able to use for a long time now."

12:37 Miguel Caruana from GO takes the stand next. He said that he’s worked for the company for over 20 years. Caruana is asked about a top up voucher he had been asked to buy for George Degiorgio. “I assumed it was for his son who is mentioned in the contract, so I bought it and passed on the details. It was on 11:30 on 16 October 2017.” There was another time when he had bought a top-up for Degiorgio, but this was a long time ago, he says. He also mentions that he used to go fishing with George Degiorgio at Marsa. “Fishing, nothing special,” he says.

12:34 Another witness, Roderick Abdilla, takes the stand now. He's a manager at Transport Malta’s small ship register. A search on George Degiorgio shows that he had registrations from July 1999 to April 2017. It was a Maxum type, small boat. There are no further questions for him. 

12:32 Michael Savona, from the merchant shipping directorate at Transport Malta, is summoned to the stand next. He exhibits a transcript of records involving two vessels registered under George Degiorgio and Alfred Degiorgio. One of these vessels is ‘Maya’, belonging to Alfred Degiorgio, and the other vessel is ‘Ducu’ as registered under George Degiorgio. The ‘Maya’ was provisionally registered in 2000. 

12:29 The Hyundai was rented out for 10-12 days, he said. "We couldn't find the documents. When a rental is finished, I burn my records of it because they would contain Visa details which were ‘a bit hot’.” The Hyundai would have had a sticker advertising his garage on it, he adds. That is all from this witness.

12:26 Degiorgio would go to the garage together with an older man who would be wearing a cap, the witness recalled. “He had rented a couple of cars from me but it was a long time ago,” he added. 

12:25 It was the 10th of the month when he had contacted Degiorgio about the ticket, but was unable to recall which month. It was a parking ticket, he said. 

12:23 It was a Hyundai i10. Degiorgio had previously driven a Peugot 407 also rented from Schembri. Degiorgio had asked to change it as it was “unwieldy”, said the witness.
He says that this was around four or five years ago, “2016, I think”. 

12:22 He says that he had rented a car to a certain Alfred. “Degiorgio? I think so. At the end of the month he received a ticket and came to me.”

12:21 The request appears to have been upheld. The expert steps off the stand.
Another witness is called in, Raymond Schembri. He used to lease out cars under Paradise Garage and Lionheart Garage. 

12:20 It seems that Mercieca has a list of questions for this witness too. He asks about whether the expert could detect if it is a copy or original data. The answer is a technical one, dealing with MD5 hashes and other specialist jargon.
“I have checked every file to the last second,” Cardona says.
Meanwhile, Mercieca asks the court of it could order a transcript of these new recordings. 

12:11 Court expert Alvin Cardona is summoned to the stand next. He was engaged to make a forensic copy of all voice recordings found in two hard drives. It is not clear which voice recordings these are. He is also presenting a copy of his report to the court.

12:10 Those few questions mark the end of Harmoinen's testimony. He steps off the podium to make way for the next witness.

12:09 Mercieca accuses Harmoinen of speaking to Jason Azzopardi before the hearing. "How does he know him?" Mercieca questions.
"I don't know him" the witness replies. "He was commenting on how hot it is and I said it was like a Finnish sauna."

12:08 "I noticed you outside talking to Matthew Caruana Galizia. Can you tell me how you know him?"
This question is met with loud protestations from the prosecution, arguing that he is supposed to be questioned on the contents of his testimony.
"I have no idea who he is," the witness replies.

12:06 "It was Mr. Donatas who told you to take the phones to the Hague, correct?" "I don't recall exactly what kind of conversation I had with my supervisor but I was told to take them to the Hague."

12:03 "Two last questions and then you're done for today," says Mercieca.

12:03 Mercieca moves on to other questions. Dissecting his testimony, he asks about the incision Harmoinen said he made in the evidence bag. "I made the incision to attach the charging cable to the phone that was in the bag."

12:02 Mercieca asks why Harmoinen didn't give two specific phones to the three Malta-based experts, but the court points out that this is the third time he had asked the same question. "Why are you asking this again?"

11:59 Regarding the seizure of evidence: "Who did you instruct and what did you instruct them to do?"
"My instructions for the Maltese authorities were to ensure the devices were in flight mode," Harmoinen said.

11:55 Answering another question by Mercieca, Harmoinen said he was instructed to deliver the phones in a specific way, including a battery pack and a Faraday bag, he said. "This is basic procedure when handling exhibits," says the witness.

11:53 Mercieca says that the businessman's phone was "seized by the expert." Harmoinen denies this and says it was passed on to him by his supervisor.
"Was he aware that his supervisor was not authorised to do so?" asks the lawyer. He was not, Harmoinen replies.

11:49 Several important witnesses are expected to testify after Harmoinen, yet Mercieca is interrogating the expert with a long list of unproductive questions.

11:47 Mercieca continues. "What was so special about the two phones which were delivered to the Hague?"
The witness replies that the Hague had the required tools to unlock and unencrypt the devices, but Mercieca quickly rebuts this, adding that the iMach was not encrypted, and assumably much easier to unlock.

11:42 "What's so special about that item? Why?" Mercieca pressed. "This is the iMac which I referred to earlier today, which was on and not encrypted," Harmoinen replied.

11:37 Mercieca asks the witness to clarify whether he had been given a mandate by the magistrate and had then expanded on it after receiving instructions from his line manager and the Maltese police. He further challenges the witness on why he had written down information relating to the iMac and other things in his notes this morning.

11:32 "Who instructed you to carry out the particular searches?" "It was the Maltese police," Harmoinen said. However, he could not recall any individual names.

11:29 Asked if Magistrate Neville Camilleri had given him a written instruction, Harmoinen said yes, but he had not brought it with him.

11:28 Mercieca asks whether he had taken notes with regards his instructions, exhibits and so on. "You can see all the information on the delivery papers," said the expert, adding that he was dealing with encryption and locked devices.

11:27 Mercieca asks the witness about his career. Harmoinen started off as a uniformed police officer, then moved to an IT unit. He was eventually seconded to Europol. Now, he is working in the digital forensic lab.

11:26 The witness exhibits the documents and his handwritten notes for today's sitting. Mercieca asks when he prepared the notes. "This morning" replies the witness. "With regards the investigation...do you have any other notes or documentation with regards your involvement in the investigation?" Mercieca asks. Harmoinen confirmed that there are no other notes.

11:25 Harmoinen finishes his testimony. Charles Mercieca asks the witness to let him see the documents he had made reference to.

11:23 One of the phones was delivered to the head of his section on 22 November 2019. 2 Exhibits - unsealed, an iPhone and SIM card. "It was unsealed because after his phone was delivered to me, it was locked and needed to be unlocked. At the time we didn't have the tools to do this in Malta so it had to be delivered to our HQ in the Hague. I had made a small hole in the evidence bag to connect a charger cable.

11:19 Zahra is now showing the witness another batch of documents for the witness to explain and take ownership of. Armoynen says that they are related to the custody of the exhibits and how they were passed on to his colleagues.

11:14 Inspector Kurt Zahra is presenting to him several delivery papers by which he had taken stock of the exhibits and consigned them to his colleagues. Armoynen confirms that he signed the documents while giving an overview of what the documents said.

11:08 After all the searches were completed, his other colleagues arrived in Malta and he handed the exhibits to them. He had no further role in the investigation, he said.

11:07 Searches were conducted on other locations, including the Portomaso business tower and offices. He had arrived at the accused's boat in Portomaso at 11am on 20 November 2019, by which time the Maltese authorities had already searched it and had seized a phone and other devices.
Later, he helped conduct a search on the Portomaso home of the accused, where the iMac was found. Another search took place at Fenech's office on Level 21 of the Portomaso Tower - the police were already there when Armoynen arrived.

10:59 Armoynen had to make sure that all the evidence was isolated and taken off the grid. He said that there was only one computer, an iMac found at Portomaso, that was on and locked but not encrypted. "I was there when this computer was found".

10:58 Here is he referring to digital evidence, such as mobiles and laptops. His task was to examine the devices handed over to him by the Maltese authorities.

10:56 Armoynen reads out his qualifications relating to his expertise. "I was appointed as a court expert by Magistrate Neville Camilleri in the case of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. My role in this investigation was to assist the Maltese authorities in the house search... looking for evidence".

10:55 Prison Director Col. Alex Dalli has also entered the courtroom.

10:53 With her testimony over, the court calls the next witness: Finnish Europol expert Sami Armoyne

10:53 A Deputy Registrar from the Criminal Court takes the stand first to exhibit a transcript of a CD exhibited by Inspector Kurt Zahra.

10:49 A knock at the chambers door and the magistrate emerges. After swiftly dealing with another case, the sitting in the case against Fenech begins. His lawyers Charles Mercieca and Gianluca Caruana Curran have entered the courtroom.

10:47 Reminder: Yorgen Fenech is alleged to have masterminded the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Matthew and Andrew Caruana Galizia, two of Daphne's sons, are both in court, together with her three sisters. Yorgen Fenech's wife and his mother are also in attendance.

10:36 The courtroom players are all present, but a previous sitting caused slight delays. The case is expected to start any minute now.

10:20 Good morning. The compilation of evidence against Yorgen Fenech continues today in Hall 20.

 

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