The Malta Independent 4 December 2021, Saturday

Marsa potato shed gang had planned to execute drugs squad chief

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 12:53 Last update: about 11 days ago

The criminal gang that murdered Daphne Caruana Galizia had also planned to kill the former head of the police drugs squad, MaltaToday has reported.

The newspaper said the information was offered by Vince Muscat il-Kohhu, in his bargain plea agreement. Muscat received a lesser sentence in return for giving the police information about the murder of the journalist and other crimes. He had carried out the hit together with brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, who stand charged with murder.  

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The information was later also reference in the compilation of evidence against the Degiorgios, during cross-examination by Jason Azzopardi, who is one of the lawyers for the Caruana Galizia family.

According to the report, Muscat had said spoken of a parallel plan to kill Dennis Theuma.

The latter has since been moved out of the drugs squad and now heads the human trafficking crimes unit.

Prior to his transfer, Theuma had reportedly been investigating the purchase of 100 grams of cocaine by Yorgen Fenech from the dark web. That investigation was borne from information obtained from Fenech’s mobile phone.

Vince Muscat formed part of the Degiorgio’s Marsa potato shed gang that also has connections with Maksar brothers Robert and Adrian Agius.

Robert Agius and associate Jamie Vella stand charged with procuring the bomb used to kill Caruana Galizia.

The two brothers and Vella have also been charged in connection with the murders of the journalist and of lawyer Carmel Chircop.

Muscat had revealed that the gang had been made aware of their impending arrest in December 2017.

He had also revealed the existence of a 2015 plot to kill Daphne Caruana Galizia, which was eventually aborted.

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