Caru­ana Gal­izia mur­der case: Wit­ness re­calls big spark in rear of car be­fore ex­plo­sion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A big spark at the rear of the car be­ing driven by Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia pre­ceded the bomb ex­plo­sion that killed the jour­nal­ist on 16 Oc­to­ber, a wit­ness told the court yes­ter­day.

Char­maine Abela told Mag­is­trate Claire Stafrace Zam­mit that on the day, she was go­ing to Bid­nija at around 2.55pm and that she had been around 30 me­tres from Caru­ana Gal­izia’s car when it ex­ploded.

The mag­is­trate yes­ter­day con­tin­ued to hear wit­nesses in the com­pi­la­tion of ev­i­dence against three men ac­cused of mur­der­ing jour­nal­ist Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia.

Ge­orge De­gior­gio, known as iċĊiniż, his brother Al­fred De­gior­gio, known as il-Fulu, and Vince Mus­cat, il-Koħħu, are ac­cused of killing Caru­ana Gal­izia last Oc­to­ber us­ing a car bomb which was det­o­nated me­tres away from her Bid­nija home.

Abela, who was the sec­ond wit­ness to take the stand yes­ter­day, said that she had noted a big spark at the rear of Caru­ana Gal­izia’s car mo­ments be­fore the car ex­ploded.

Chok­ing back tears as she re­called the day’s events, Abela said that she re­called pieces fly­ing ev­ery­where when the car ex­ploded.

Af­ter the blast, which left the jour­nal­ist’s burnt-out car in a field, Abela pulled into a drive-in.

Asked about the ex­plo­sion it­self, she was adamant about hav­ing seen a spark.

“The first one had come from the rear of the car... there was a big spark. The car then blew up and rolled into a field,” she told the court.

Yes­ter­day’s sit­ting came days af­ter a judge ruled that Deputy Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Sil­vio Val­letta must re­cuse him­self from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing a re­quest by the Caru­ana Gal­izia fam­ily.

Ear­lier in the sit­ting, de­fence coun­sel Martin Fenech said the me­dia sources should be taken to court to ex­plain re­ports claim­ing that sources close to po­lice were say­ing that the bomb was man­u­fac­tured out­side Malta.

Mag­is­trate Claire Stafrace Zam­mit replied that me­dia out­lets are cov­ered by law not to re­veal their sources and asked the lawyer to file this re­quest to the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner.

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