The Malta Independent 4 December 2021, Saturday

On murder anniversary, spoof callers impersonate Daphne Caruana Galizia to call Jason Azzopardi

Sunday, 17 October 2021, 11:44 Last update: about 3 months ago

The campaign of spoof callers against individuals involved in the Daphne Caruana Galizia case and in the media scene has continued, despite police investigations – with Jason Azzopardi saying that they have now resorted to using Daphne Caruana Galizia’s name to call him.

Taking to social media, Azzopardi – who is a PN MP and one of the lawyers for the Caruana Galizia family – shared a screenshot of his phone showing an incoming call supposedly from Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Yesterday was the fourth year to the day that Caruana Galizia was assassinated in a car bombing close to her home.

Azzopardi said that he and others had been receiving fake telephone calls since mid-August and continue to do so, even as police investigate.

He said he would not be giving details about the calls as the police had everything in hand, but that a line had been crossed.

“You have to be mentally ill, a criminal, a coward, without a soul and without a conscience, and a vomit on society to, yesterday evening, during the vigil commemorating Daphne’s life and during the mass dedicated to her soul to stay phoning me and impersonating Daphne’s mobile number,” Azzopardi said.

“I won’t call you rubbish because rubbish is worth more than you,” Azzopardi told the perpetrator of the calls.

The fake phone calls have been part of a campaign against people heavily involved in the Daphne Caruana Galizia case on the side of the family. 

Earlier this week, the police were called out to the homes of Azzopardi and a journalist in the early hours of Wednesday, after receiving spoof calls impersonating their numbers and indicating that they were in distress.

The incident is an escalation of a harassment campaign that some weeks ago saw the creation of a series of fake websites and e-mails.

A Times of Malta landline also received a spoof call from Azzopardi’s number last week, with a pre-recorded message saying: “Stop writing about the spoofs. Stop writing about Yorgen Fenech. Stop writing about blogger Simon Mercieca… stop writing now.”

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