Prominent Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech was detained after police intercepted his yacht off the Mediterranean island, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters news agency and local media on Wednesday.
His arrest came a day after the government said it would offer a pardon to a suspected middleman in the 2017 murder of investigative journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia if he named the mastermind behind the killing.
The Maltese military intercepted the luxury yacht with Fenech onboard as it set out early on Wednesday and forced it back to port.
In her last blog post, published shortly before she was murdered, she wrote: “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate.”
On October 16, 2017, Caruana Galizia, who was 53, died when her car exploded near her home. Her family has sharply criticized the Maltese authorities for not doing more to protect her, as shortly before her death, she had reported specific threats to the local police.
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