Yorgen Fenech entered not guilty plea to charges relating to killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia
Local tycoon Yorgen Fenech, the 38-year-old head of a gambling and property empire, was arraigned on Saturday evening,
He has pleaded not guilty. Fenech has been held in custody and his assets have been frozen on request by the police.
The journalist, who had exposed corruption at the highest levels within the Maltese government, died when an explosive device planted under the driver’s seat of her rental car was detonated on 16 October 2017.
Before his arraignment, Fenech had attempted to implicate the Maltese prime minister’s closest political ally, Keith Schembri, as a co-conspirator.
The penalty for complicity to murder in Malta is a life sentence.
He is also charged w having “rendered himself complicit with third parties with an explosive substance which created an explosion which caused the death” of Caruana Galizia.