Fortunes of Maksar brothers subject to publication ban

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Photo: Miguela Xuereb

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Malta.

The property and real estate transactions of the men accused of supplying the bomb that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia were the subject of a publication ban imposed by the court on Monday.

As the compilation of evidence against brothers Adrian and Robert Agius, known as Ta ‘Maksar, and their associates Jamie Vella and George Degiorgio (iÄ‹-ÄŠiniż) continued today, Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo ordered that not all testimonials are published.

A report published today in UK newspaper The Times said investigators believe the gang led by Agius and Vella may have another bomb hidden in Malta.

Investigators believe bomb is hidden and ready for use – report

In November 2019, Adrian Agius and Vella were charged with complicity in the murder of Caruana Galizia.

The two men reportedly supplied the bomb that was used to kill Caruana Galizia in October 2017, as well as being part of a criminal organization.

Robert Agius’ brother Adrian is charged with the 2015 murder of lawyer Carmel Chircop along with George Degiorgio, 58, and Vella, 37.

Lawyer Carmel Chircop was shot dead outside his garage in Birkirkara and Agius is accused of committing the murder, while his associates Vella and Degiorgio are accused of committing it.

Adrian Agius, who has been accused of organizing the murder of Chircop, also faces charges of possession of heroin in quantities not intended for personal use.

Adrian and Robert are the sons of Raymond Agius ‘tal-Maksar’, an alleged smuggler of contraband cigarettes with interests in construction and a car dealership, who was gunned down in 2008 in what was believed to have been a smuggler-ordered coup rival.

The lawyers Alfred Abela and René Darmanin are the defense lawyers of the brothers Agius and Vella. Lawyer William Cuschieri appears for George Degiorgio.

Lawyer George Camilleri represents the Attorney General in the proceedings, while Superintendent Keith Arnaud and Inspectors Shawn Pawney and Wayne Camilleri continue.


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