Mag­is­trate’s first wit­nesses raise eye­brows

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

Be­fore Mag­is­trate Con­suelo Scerri Her­rera stepped down from the in­quiry into the mur­der of Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia, the wit­nesses she had sum­moned to court just hours into the in­quiry raised eye­brows.

Among those seen at the law courts wait­ing to be ques­tioned were Op­po­si­tion leader Adrian Delia, Min­is­ter Chris Car­dona, OPM chief of staff Keith Schem­bri, and An­dre Fal­zon (the part­ner of Re­becca Dimech).

It is un­der­stood that the mag- is­trate had been keen to ques­tion ev­ery­one who Caru­ana Gal­izia had writ­ten about in the last months.

The ques­tion­ing never hap­pened, how­ever, and those called in were dis­missed, as the Caru­ana Gal­izia fam­ily had in the mean­time filed a court ap­pli­ca­tion for the mag­is­trate to step down from the in­quiry given the che­quered his­tory be­tween Caru­ana Gal­izia and Scerri Her­rera.

By the next morn­ing the mag- is­trate had stepped down and another mag­is­trate was ap­pointed to the in­quiry.

Asked about Schem­bri’s pres­ence at the courts on Mon­day night, a gov­ern­ment spokesper­son said, “Along with oth­ers, Keith Schem­bri was asked to go to court by mag­is­trate Con­suelo Scerri Her­rera. He was later asked to leave the court with­out an ex­pla­na­tion of why he was re­quested to be present at the courts. The mag­is­trate can tell you the rea­son he was asked to be in Court with a num­ber of other per­sons.”

A spokesper­son for Car­dona ex­plained, “Min­is­ter Car­dona was called in by the then in­quir­ing mag­is­trate, to­gether with a se­ries of other in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion. How­ever, he was dis­missed be­fore speak­ing to the in­quir­ing mag­is­trate, as by that time an ap­pli­ca­tion had been filed in re­la­tion to the afore men­tioned mag­is­trate.”

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