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Prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary inquiry into the case of the murdered Malta journalist

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According to the information of the World, french Parquet national financier (PNF) has opened a preliminary investigation for ” corruption of foreign public official “, Wednesday, February 12, in the” case Daphne Caruana Galizia “, the name of the journalist maltese anti-corruption murdered in October 2017, Malta, killed in the explosion of his car.

This investigation, opened on the French territory, following a complaint against X, filed on December 3, 2019, with the French justice system, by the family of the journalist (her husband, Peter Caruana Galizia, and his three sons, Matthew, Andrew and Paul) as well as by the NGO Reporters without borders (RSF), which defends freedom of the press.

The complaint seeks, in particular, 38-year-old Yorgen Fenech, a powerful businessman maltese  who is suspected of having ordered the assassination of the investigative journalist of 53 years to a total amount of 150 000 euros, and charged to this title. Yorgen Fenech, also possessing assets in France, including a hotel and race horses, it comes to see if these French activities have been used to fund corruption in Malta or the execution of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Mutual assistance in criminal matters international

In its statement released Wednesday, the prosecutor of the Republic financial, head of the PNF, says that the survey is intended to ” examine whether the economic activities located in France of people suspected by the justice of malta have played a role in the assassination have been the support of bribery of foreign public officials “. The investigation is entrusted to the central Office for the fight against corruption and violations of financial and tax services.

“The investigations conducted by the PNF will be conducted in a spirit of close cooperation and complementarity of the investigation with the judicial authorities of malta, seized of the facts of murder “, adds the PNF. The results of the French survey will be circulated in the framework of the mutual assistance in criminal matters international.

Director until his arrest by the conglomerate Tumas Group (real estate, hotels, casinos…), a family holding company, Yorgen Fenech, has been formally charged with “complicity in murder” in his country, the 30 November 2019, and then placed in detention on remand. He had previously tried to flee the island aboard his yacht.

While its property of maltese have already been frozen by the courts, his activities in France will be scrutinised. The man of business, in particular, has two hotel companies with the parent company Tumas Group, which owns the Hilton Evian-les-Bains (Haute-Savoie), as well as race horses.