Monday 16 December 2019

PM urged to quit after ex-chief of staff held over journalist's murder


Keith Schembri
Keith Schembri

Nick Squires

The former chief of staff of Malta's government was arrested over the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia yesterday, as suspects reportedly began pointing the finger at each other and opposition MPs renewed calls for the prime minister to resign.

Opposition politicians walked out of parliament, saying the Labour government of Joseph Muscat had lost all legitimacy. They accused him of trying to shield Keith Schembri, his chief of staff, until his resignation on Tuesday.

Mr Schembri resigned after he was reportedly named as a "person of interest" in the investigation by Yorgen Fenech, a businessman who was arrested last week as he tried to leave Malta on his luxury yacht. Both have denied any wrongdoing.

Ms Caruana Galizia (53), whose blog dished the dirt on politicians of all stripes, was killed by a car bomb in 2017.

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