Updated | Two to be charged with Paceville murder of Romanian with organised crime ties

Two Romananian men to be charged on Wednesday evening at 8pm with the alleged murder of Joseff Rivas in Paceville • A third man will be charged another day

Paceville murder victim Joseff Rivas
Paceville murder victim Joseff Rivas

Updated at 7:40pm

Two men are expected to be charged later tonight in connection with the fatal stabbing of Joseff Rivas in Paceville last Monday.

A third man will be charged on another day as he is still in hospital.

Reports say that Rivas, 44, had been a person of interest to international intelligence services due to suspected ties to organised crime. The Malta Police Force had reportedly been working together with the UK and Romanian police forces on the investigation.

Rivas, a dual Romanian- British citizen, died in hospital after being stabbed at around 3.30 pm on Ross Street in Paceville on Monday. 

Police suspect that Rivas had been involved in an altercation with a group of men, who fled after the stabbing. 

On Tuesday morning the police announced that three Romanian men aged 31, 32 and 35 were under arrest in connection with the murder.

They are expected to be arraigned at around 8pm tonight. Lawyers Arthur Azzopardi and Charmaine Cherrett will be defence counsel.