The man who organized the death of Maltese reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia, allegedly on behalf of the nation’s most popular gambling establishment owner, Yorgen Fenech, has been implicated in a bold casino break-in a years earlier.
Melvin Theuma was granted immunity from prosecution for his role in the Galizia murder in return for affirming versus his coconspirators. He implicated Fenech as the “mastermind” of the October 2017 assassination.
Because Galizia was digging into a multimillion-dollar energy agreement she alleged was corruptly awarded by the Maltese federal government to Fenech’s business, he may have carried out the killing.
According to Malta Today, Theuma’s immunity likewise relates to his involvement in the great 2010 raid on the Gambling establishment di Venezia in Birgu, Malta, an unsolved case.
Theuma Aided Casino di Venezia Break-in
In February 2010, four armed, masked males stormed the casino on Birgu seafront, threatening to kill cashiers and customers unless they filled a bag with cash and valuables.
Three minutes later on, they got away from the casino to a waiting Mitsubishi Pajero. The burglars drove a brief distance before disposing of the car in the sea and escaping in a speedboat.
The quantity taken has never been disclosed. However, it is thought to have been around EUR500,000 ($ 610,000) in money.
According to Malta Today, Theuma is not thought to have taken part in the actual raid. However, he may have protected those who performed in a series of safe houses.
He is likewise thought of involvement in 2 more heists, netted thieves EUR1 million.
In November 2017, an armed gang got into the HSBC bank in Balzan, main Malta. It made off with EUR1 million in cash, which was being moved to the branch ahead of Malta’s euro adoption on January 1, 2018.
Theuma informed authorities he scheduled two siblings, Alfred and George Degiorgio, and a local crime figure called Vince Muscat to perform the car-bomb killing of Galizia.
Muscat took a plea offer, and earlier this year, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the murder. He is likewise awaiting trial for his alleged direct participation in another 2010 robbery at the HSBC central office.
Muscat has sensationally claimed that two former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s (no relation) cabinet were also involved in that heist.
Theuma’s testament and Fenech’s subsequent arrest as he tried to flee the nation on his yacht eventually lowered the Muscat administration.
Reporters who continued Galizia’s preliminary research discovered that a shadowy business Fenech managed had prepared to make large payments into shell accounts owned by Malta’s former energy minister and the prime minister’s chief.
The discovery triggered resignations, including that of then-Prime Minister Muscat.
Fenech is waiting for trial for conspiracy to murder. The Degiorgio bros are waiting for sentencing for murder and several charges related to dynamites.
In July 2015, Theuma was discovered in critical condition with stab wounds to the neck and abdominal area. Authorities determined he had turned a knife on himself in an evident suicide effort.
No member of the Muscat Cabinet has been charged with a criminal offense.