Caruana Galizia, the bomb used in assassination was brought from Italy
VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The bomb used in the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017 was brought to Malta from Italy. This was confirmed this morning in court by convicted hitman Vince Muscat who was testifying against brothers Adrian and Robert Agius, their associate Jamie Vella and suspected hitman George Degiorgio.
Muscat, already testified against his once co-accused brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio. The witness pleaded guilty to the crime and admitted his involvement in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. After a bargaining plea deal, Muscat was handed down a reduced jail term of 15 years and granted a presidential pardon over his role in the 2015 murder of lawyer Carmel Chircop.
Vince Muscat confirmed that the bomb was brought to Malta via Sicily onboard the catamaran by Robert and Adrian Agius. The bomb had 500g explosive material. Muscat said that suspected hitman George Degiorgio always wanted a bomb instead of firing a weapon to kill Caruana Galizia. He added that George Degiorgio asked Agius borthers to get a bomb. “They had to bring three from Italy. They had a lot of Italian friends. They would frequently fo to Italy. They would frequently tell us they are going abroad to Italy.” Asked if Agius brothers gave reasons why they were going abroad, Muscat replied: “they would speak in front of me. They would tell George, however, they would go up to Italy on drug deals. Jamie has a lot of Italian friends. Some of them used to come to Malta too”.
It was also emerged that Robert and Adrian Agius used to import AK-47. Muscat testified that on the day of the assassination, they were in possession of an AK-47 which was also brought from Italy for any eventuality and as a means of self defence.