Yorgen Fenech Biography
Mr. Fenech is a well-known figure in Malta who has served as head of the Tumas business group and a director of energy company Electrogas but recently resigned from both positions.
Yorgen Fenech has been charged with complicity in the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017.
Yorgen Fenech charged with being complicit in the murder of #DaphneCaruanaGalizia.
• Conspiring to commit a crime
• Being an accomplice in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder
• Conspiring to commit murder
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— Diana Cacciottolo (@DianaRusk) November 30, 2019
He pleaded not guilty in the court in Valletta on Saturday evening, with relatives of the assassinated blogger present.
Three people are awaiting trial for Caruana Galizia’s murder in a car bombing but the police investigation is now focusing on who ordered the killing and why.
Who is Yorgen Fenech?
He has been interrogated repeatedly for the murder since he tried to leave the island on his yacht on November 20 and requested a pardon in exchange for providing information, but his request was rejected.
Maltese media claim that he was familiar with Melvin Theuma, a taxi driver with links to criminal companies that has been described in local media as a potential “middleman” in the murder.
Mr. Fenech is a well-known figure in Malta who served as head of the Tumas business group and director of the Electrogas energy company but recently resigned from both positions.
He was identified last year as the owner of a mysterious company registered in Dubai, 17 Black.
The company was listed in Panama documents: confidential documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm in 2016 that revealed how the rich and powerful use tax havens to evade the law.
Caruana Galizia had written about 17 Black eight months before his death, claiming he had ties to Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi.
Yorgen Fenech Arrested and Charged
#Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat will step down on January 18, party sources said, following mounting criticism of his response to the murder of journalist Daphne #CaruanaGalizia https://t.co/BYi1gj3A07
— Randa HABIB (@RandaHabib) November 30, 2019
Yorgen Fenech will be charged in court tonight, ten days after he was arrested in connection with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia as he tried to flee Malta.
The charge sheet against Fenech is not known at this stage but he is the police’s main suspect in their case against the murdered journalist.