Businessman detained in case into murder of Maltese investigative reporter. His activity tied to ‘Panama archive’

Businessman detained in case into murder of Maltese investigative reporter. His activity tied to ‘Panama archive’
Daphne Caruana

The female reporter, who dealt with anti-corruption investigations, including the one based on data of the ‘Panama archive’, and accused Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat and his relatives of siphoning off funds into offshores, died in Malta in 2017.

Businessman Yorgen Fenech has been detained in a case into murder of a Maltese investigative reporter, Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Malta’s Armed Forces carried out the operation: the businessman was detained early in the morning, on November 20, abroad his yacht, reports The Times of Malta. The businessman is noted to have been arrested the next day after the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat “signed a letter that assures a presidential pardon to a man who claims to know the mastermind behind Ms Caruana Galizia’s murder.”

The female reporter, who dealt with anti-corruption investigations, including the one based on data of the ‘Panama archive’, and accused Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat and his relatives of siphoning off funds into offshores, died in Malta in 2017. Her car was exploded. Shortly before, she received murder threats. According to The Times of Malta, Yorgen Fenech is an owner of an obscure, Dubai-registered company 17 Black that was likely to have been one of two sources of income for Panamian companies Hearnville and Tillgate. The businessman denied the ties.

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