Maltese PM refuses to pardon businessman in journalist murder probe

A business tycoon who accused a former aide of Malta’s prime minister of commissioning the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was denied a presidential pardon on Friday.

Businessman Yorgen Fenech, who is himself a suspect in the murder investigation, had been seeking immunity from prosecution in exchange for information about the case.

But Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that there were no grounds to grant the pardon and that both the police commissioner and attorney general had advised against it.

Muscat made the announcement himself in a televised press conference at 3 am (0200 GMT) on Friday after an emergency cabinet meeting stretched into the early hours of the morning.

Maltese ministers were called to the prime minister’s office for an urgent cabinet meeting…

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