Melvin Theuma, the middleman involved in journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, is to testify in the failed HSBC heist case.
Theuma allegedly told investigators that he had relevant information about certain serious crimes, including the attempted bank robbery in 2010.
He gave the information under the terms of the presidential pardon he was granted in connection with the murder.
In May, Minister Carmelo Abela, a former HSBC bank manager, confirmed that the police had called him in for questioning over allegations that he was involved in the crime.
Former Economy Minister Chris Cardona has also been linked to the case by two men accused of murdering Caruana Galizia.
Both deny the allegations.
Vince Muscat (il-Koħħu), who has also confessed to being a hitman in the Caurana Galizia car bombing, is waiting trial along with Darren Debono (it-Topo) over their alleged involvement in the heist.
Magistrate Monica Vella will be presiding over the case. Muscat is represented by lawyer Marc Sant while Debono is assisted by lawyer Edward Gatt.
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Darren Debono summoned
10.17am The magistrate asks the prosecution to summon Debono next, but apparently he’s been notified to attend at 11:30am. So we have to wait until then and see if Theuma has more to say then.
Theuma escorted out
10.14am There are no further questions for the witness by the prosecution nor the defence. While defence lawyer Marc Sant approaches his client, Theuma is escorted out.
‘I know nothing’
10.09am Mercieca begins by asking Theuma about his presidential pardon, regarding the Caruana Galizia murder, the HSBC attempt, and the Casino de Venezia robbery.
What do you know about those?
“Nothing,” he says.
“I don’t know anything about the Daphne Caruna Galizia murder either. I know nothing about Muscat,” he says.
“I’ve known him since I was a boy but only about gambling. That’s as far as I know about Vince Muscat!”
This is an unusual answer, given Theuma has been testifying about his involvement in the Caruana Galizia murder case for months.
Theuma takes the stand
10.07am Melvin Theuma heads straight to the witness stand. Inspector Joseph Mercieca is prosecuting.
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