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Key witness in Maltese journalist murder found with stab wounds

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

VALLETTA – The self-confessed middleman in the murder of the Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has suffered multiple knife injuries to his neck, torso and wrist, hours before he was due to give evidence in the case.

Melvin Theuma, a former taxi driver, is in a critical condition after being found in a pool of blood at his home on Tuesday evening. He was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery over night, police said at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

The indications were that the injuries were “self-inflicted”, Malta’s police commissioner, Angelo Gafà, told reporters. There were no “defensive wounds” and blood splatter patterns indicated self-injury.

Melvin Theuma has been taken out of Mater Dei’s intensive care unit and transferred to the Ear, Nose and Throat ward.

Police said his condition has remained stable.

Galizia was assassinated by an explosive device planted in a car that was parked near her country house in October 2017, after successive reports through her blog revealed that government officials in her country were involved in cases of financial corruption, in what is known as “Panama documents”.

The Maltese journalist also covered many stories regarding Libya, including financial corruption in the file of treatment of the wounded Libyans in Malta, through the payment of millions of Maltese mediators to fake hospitals and clinics that do not exist in Europe, and Rome in particular.

The Guardian newspaper has previously published an article about the assassination of the Maltese journalist and the possible link between her murder and fuel smuggling from Libya, which was also mentioned in one of her reports of widespread corruption.

At that time, the Maltese Attorney General confirmed the possibility of a link between the killing of the journalist and a network that allegedly smuggled fuel from Libya with millions of euros.

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