Daphne Caruana Galizia murder | Accused denied bail yet again

Brothers Alfred Degiorgio and George Degiorgio, as well as Vince Muscat, have been under arrest since 4 December of last year 

Judge Giovanni Grixti has turned down another request for bail made by the three persons accused of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Brothers Alfred Degiorgio (known as Il-Fulu) and George Degiorgio (Iċ-Ċiniż) as well as Vince Muscat (il-Koħħu), have been under arrest since a dawn police raid on a Marsa warehouse on 4 December.

All of the men’s previous requests for bail have been turned down by the courts.

The Attorney General had opposed the release of the three accused, in part due to ongoing investigations.

Lawyers for the three accused, who have been under arrest since 4 December of last year, had argued that there was no risk of their tampering with evidence or absconding.

This, however, was contested by the Office of the Attorney General, which revealed that the Police were still investigating third parties in connection with this murder, and therefore the possibility of the accused tampering with evidence was a real one.

In a decision handed down on Wednesday, Judge Giovanni Grixti upheld the Attorney General’s arguments and turned down the bail request. The AG was right when he said that although it is an established principle that the gravity of an offence is not sufficient grounds to preclude bail, explained the court, adding that this criterion must be examined in the context of other factors, such as the possibility of escape or tampering with evidence, and also in the light of the prospective punishment.

The court said it was not convinced that the accused were likely to stick to their bail conditions and so denied them this faculty.

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