Yorgen F., the Maltese businessman now charged as a client in the murder of journalist Caruana Galizia, allegedly amassed an arsenal of weapons via the darknet.
There is evidence that the man bought grenades, rifles, handguns and the poison cyanide there in November 2018 and paid for the weapons in bitcoin, the Maltese prosecutor’s office said Wednesday. The man is accused of complicity in the case of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The woman had been murdered in October 2017 by the explosion of a bomb on her car. The businessman denies the charges against him.
The purchases on the darknet came about a year after the reporter’s murder and in the same month that other journalists exposed the millionaire as the owner of an overseas company linked to corruption in the highest political circles.
Caruana Galizia had been researching that company and the businessman’s connections before her death.
A cab driver who admitted to being a middleman in the murder testified that he had received 150,000 euros from the man and had given it to three other men who planted the car bomb on Caruana Galizia’s car and detonated it. One of the three men had already admitted to the crime and faces 15 years in prison.
Prosecutors described the weapons purchase Wednesday, shortly after informing the court that the man would be charged with financing the murder of the journalist. The indictment against him will be judged by a nine-member jury once the case lands at the trial level, they said.
This is not the first time the millionaire has been linked to illegal purchases on the darknet. In September 2020, a high-ranking police officer testified that U.S. authorities had been alerted a year earlier to a pistol shipment addressed to his father – who had died in 2014.