Malta businessman arrested in journalist murder probe


One of Malta’s most prominent businessmen has been arrested by the police in connection to the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Yorgen Fenech was detained by armed officers after his yacht was intercepted off the Mediterranean island and searched.

Fenech is a director and co-owner of a business group that won a large energy concession in 2013 from the Maltese state to build a gas power station on the island.

His arrest comes a day after the government said it would offer a pardon to a suspected middleman in the murder of Caruana Galizia if he named the mastermind behind the killing.

Galizia, an eminent anti-corruption journalist, was killed by a car bomb near the Maltese capital Valletta in October 2017. Three men suspected of being the killers were arrested in December 2017, but the authorities have so far failed to determine who commissioned the murder.

Before her death, eight months before she died, Caruana Galizia wrote in her blog about a mystery company in Dubai called 17 Black Limited, alleging it was connected to Maltese politicians.

The late ournmalist did not publish any evidence of this and was unable to discover who owned the company but a Reuters investigation later identified Fenech as the owner.

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