UPDATED: Watershed moment as hitman pleads guilty in Daphne Caruana Galizia case

Updated to include the reaction of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family.

Vince Muscat, one of three accused of planting the bomb that killed journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on 16 October 2017, pled guilty to all charges in court today, an unexpected twist in the case.

Muscat, known as il-Koħħu, said he was guilty on all counts before Judge Edwina Grima. After the court gave him time to reconsider his decision, Muscat reiterated his plea.  Asked whether he would like to hear the accusations, Muscat said that it was not necessary.

This means the case against the other two alleged hitmen – brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio – will now be separate from Muscat’s.

The three were charged in December 2017 with planting and detonating the bomb that killed the journalist.

Speculation was rife last week when Muscat withdrew his appeal on objections he had raised in court. Questions were raised on whether he had struck a new deal after his request for a presidential pardon was refused by Prime Minister Robert Abela last January – two years after his initial request.

Muscat, together with the other two alleged hitmen – brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio – had submitted some 118 objections to the court, which were turned down last October. The three then appealed. Then, last week, Muscat suddenly withdrew his appeal.

Muscat will serve a 15-year sentence and pay over €40,000 in court expenses after reaching a deal with prosecutors to provide information about the murder.

Shortly following Muscat’s plea, three men who are suspected of supplying the bomb used to assassinate Caruana Galizia, Tal-Maksar brothers Adrian and Robert Agius, and their associate Jamie Vella, were arrested in a police operation.

Daphne’s family reacts

In a statement delivered in court by the parte civile lawyer, the family expressed hope that this step will begin to lead to full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The family reminded the court: “A person who has admitted his involvement in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia has denied her her right to life and has denied her her right to enjoy her family, including her grand children who were born after she was killed”.

“The macabre murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia was intentional and should have been prevented. The victim has paid with her life and her family is suffering the loss of their loved one.”

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5 days ago

I reckon he will be found in a cell having died of “natural causes”, he knows a lot of shit on the hierarchy involved in this and they won’t want the exposure.

saviour mamo
saviour mamo
4 days ago

The prime minister, Robert Abela, should be responsible for the safety of Vince Muscat.

Isle of corruption
Isle of corruption
4 days ago
Reply to  saviour mamo

He is and that’s the worrying thing

4 days ago

And this evening… Hapless PM Abela’s head directly beneath the Sword of Damocles words of ‘no stone unturned’.
Continuity, all the way to the bottom.

Isle of corruption
Isle of corruption
4 days ago

whats the betting that the pardon was given as long as he keeps quiet about any politicians or people of influence if they are involved

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