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As the witness broke out in tears

flowers are grown on the spot, on the Daphne Caruana Galizia burned. Around the field next to the road is dug up to Bidnija long again. Only at this point, candles, laminated mourning messages, plant pots and a Banner with the inscription "Justice" – justice still. In addition, Mourners have stretched a banner on a metal frame. It shows a portrait of Daphne Caruana Galizia, several square meters large, slightly obliquely tilted in the direction of the road. Anyone who travels through the curve, in the on 16. October 2017 a bomb exploded under the car seat, the journalist, must look her directly in the face.

a Few Hundred meters away stands the house, in the Daphne – in Malta, you call all by their first name – lived. This Saturday afternoon, her widower, Peter, and their sons Andrew, Paul, and Matthew will be waiting for a court date, which could be a first step in the direction of justice for their mother and wife. Against Yorgen Fenech, a businessman and one of the richest men in Malta, to be collected on the evening charge. It is the kick-off will be 24 hours, in which the legal treatment of the assassination will come to the journalist making a decisive impact. 24 hours, will announce at the end of which the Prime Minister defiantly his soon-to-be retreat.

The presumed Dratzieher wait for two years to the process

it could come so far, is probably also due to Spaniel Peter. The dog of the Maltese customs had on the 13. November 2019 reacts during checks at the airport, on a passenger wanted to Board a plane to Istanbul. As the officers searched his Luggage, they found 210'000 Euro in cash. The man, a taxi driver by the name of Melvin Theuma, arrived in custody, the assumed unit for economic crime, is actually a routine procedure. As the officials were about to begin the interrogation, broke out Theuma in tears, demanded the chief investigator in the murder case Daphne Caruana Galizia. The inch was run through a coincidence, a key figure in the investigation of the assassination in the arms.

Theuma told the investigators that he had been bailiffs of the middle-man between the suspected wire and the three assassins. The sit since December of 2017, in custody and waiting for the beginning of your process. The Maltese police had transferred on the basis of their cellular data.

Hotels, Casinos, a gas-fired power plant

As a Theuma in the Interrogation Yorgen Fenech as the person responsible behind the murder conspiracy charged, approached the case, getting closer to the government of Joseph Muscat. Because Yorgen Fenech is not only the heir to a family Empire that includes Hotels and Casinos. His group is also involved in a gas-fired power plant, which supplies the island with electricity. The power plant was a project of prestige for the Labour party after its election victory in 2013. The power should make prices for all the Maltese more affordable and dirty Oil-fired power plants superfluous. The government won international corporations and local investors to operate the system. One of them was, somewhat surprisingly, Yorgen Fenech.

It could have been a story of success, to modernize a Testament to the ability of the Labour government, the small country after 15 years of Christian democratic government. Would there not have been Daphne Caruana Galizia. In February 2016, she revealed that the two closest Confidants of Prime Minister Muscat, his longtime chief of staff Keith Schembri and former energy Minister Konrad Mizzi, letter box company in Panama and owned. From the Panama Papers, it emerged later that these companies should get Millions from Dubai, from a dubious company. Owner unknown. The suspicion was that the two men should get kickbacks through your letter-box companies. The scandal is employed in Malta for months. Joseph Muscat was 2017, even forced new elections be held. All because of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

one of the unique features of the Maltese policy of indifference in dealing with the revelations.

But the Maltese voted him and his party again, with a comfortable lead. Many of the approximately 475'000 inhabitants, had benefited from the good economic development of the Muscat-years. One of them, scandals or not. Then Daphne Caruana Galizia died.

The brutal murder inspired a whole squad of international journalists. They joined together in the "Daphne project", the research of the killed colleague to continue. So managed little more than a year to find out who was behind the company in Dubai, the million of Muscat's Familiar figures, should be: Yorgen Fenech.

one of the unique features of the Maltese policy of indifference in dealing with the revelations. Muscats Familiar not resigned, only energy Minister Mizzi got after the elections, the Ministry of tourism allocated. Rather, it argued before the court, filed slander lawsuits. Opposition politicians of the conservative party, or against journalists like Daphne Caruana Galizia. When she died, ran 47 proceedings against you.

politicians falling like dominoes

the strategy of The Aussitzens and Weglächelns fails first, as the taxi driver Melvin unpacks Theuma and Yorgen Fenech suspected. Fenech tried to flee in the dawn, with its luxury yachts. Security forces stop him, he was arrested and interrogated for days. On Tuesday, the politicians like dominoes falling. Chief of staff Keith Schembri resigns and is arrested. Fenech had him charged. Shortly afterwards the tourism Minister Mizzi resign, agriculture Minister Christian Cardona makes his office temporarily to rest. On the streets of the capital, Valletta, shocked citizens demonstrate.

Keith Schembri will be released on Thursday, the police sees no grounds for him to hold on. But there is a shadow on the reign of his friend Joseph Muscat. The investigation penetrates a little to the outside, but at least for the involvement of Fenechs in the murder, the police do not seem to have enough evidence. So last Saturday, driving in the evening, a gray police van through the narrow streets of Valletta to the court building, in the back seat Yorgen Fenech sits. In the courtroom, Daphne Caruana Galizias family is already waiting.

Before Fenech enters the courtroom, he removed the handcuffs, the presumption of innocence applies. As a defendant, to have his place is directly in front of the first row, in which the family sits less than a Meter away from you. Fenech, in a dark gray suit, with a smooth shaved head, looking at the ground, while the chief investigator to read, what him: complicity in a murder conspiracy with others in the intention of a Crime, the promotion and financing of a criminal organization.

After a quarter of an hour the trial is over. Two years after the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, it is the biggest step to a conviction of the alleged mastermind. Daphne Caruana Galizias sister Corinne Vella is sitting on a wooden bench and takes a deep breath. A surreal experience was the encounter with Yorgen Fenech. But experiences like these are strung together for the family for two years. "Daphne was on 16. October 2017 to be murdered, and since then, it was like one long day."

A Chance to change

There is no rest for a family to mourn, when it is right in the centre of a national crisis. "We're sitting here next to the protest and memorial, which is destroyed every night," says Corinne Vella. The memorial to the court, is reminiscent actually of the Fallen at the time of the siege of Malta by the Ottomans in the 16th century. Century. However, in the past two years, it's followers at a symbolic location for the confrontation between Daphne Caruana Galizias and the government has become.

The activists and their friends declared it after her death, a monument to the journalist. Since then, the government makes every night images, messages, flowers clear. "And every Morning people come and decorate it again. This is very encouraging for us," says the sister. Corinne Vella hopes that something Terrible may have something to grown-Positive. "If the murder of a journalist brings together a country, then there is nothing that could bring it together," she says. There is now the opportunity to change. If the country let the opportunity pass, don't expect a second Chance within a Generation.

in The evening, the only Maltese TV station transmits a speech by Joseph Muscat. Since Yorgen Fenechs charge exactly 24 hours have passed. Muscat announces, in January, to withdraw. He regrets deeply that Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in such a brutal way. Have you done yet "with all its positive and negative qualities," a contribution to democracy. This page, he can't help but blow up.

Created: 03.12.2019, 19:39 PM

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