(VALETTA, Malta.) LATEST: Authorities on Wednesday arrested a prominent businessman in connection with the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the day after an alleged middleman was offered a pardon to identify the mastermind behind the killing @AFP #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Nov.20: Maltese national Yorgen Fenech was detained on his yacht at dawn as he tried to leave Malta, a police source told AFP, in the latest development in the long-running case that has raised questions about the rule of law in Malta: “We have arrested a man as part of our investigations into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia,” a high-ranking police source told AFP.

“He was on his boat at the time of arrest,” he said, defining Fenech as “a person of interest” in the case:

Fenech was intercepted just after 5:30 am local time (0430 GMT), and his sleek white yacht was accompanied back to port and placed under tight surveillance by the police and army: Caruana Galizia, described by supporters as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”, had highlighted corruption in Malta, including among politicians, before she was blown up by a car bomb.

Maltese police and Interpol, which has been helping with the high-profile case, last week arrested several people as part of an anti-money laundering operation, including the alleged middleman: Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Tuesday he had promised a pardon for naming the person who ordered the attack, which made headlines around the world.

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Three men are facing trial for allegedly carrying out the killing, but the mastermind has not been identified: The force of the October 2017 blast reduced Caruana Galizia’s car to pieces and catapulted her body into a nearby field, witnesses said: The 53-year-old left behind a husband and three sons, who accused Muscat of filling his office with crooks and creating a culture of impunity that turned Malta into a “mafia island”.

Fenech is the director and co-owner of Electrogas, which won a multi-million euro contract from the Maltese state in 2013 to build a new gas power station on the Mediterranean island: Malta’s Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) also identified him as the owner of a company based in Dubai called 17 Black.

#AceNewsDesk reports ………….Published: Nov.20: 2019:

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