Casino owner seized in murder inquiry

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Maltese casino owner Yorgen Fenech was arrested yesterday morning in connection with the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on the island.

Fenech, whose Tumas Group owns the Portomaso Casino and Business Tower in Malta (pictured), plus the Hilton Malta and the Dolmen Resort Hotel, also has interests jointly with other business conglomerates in both Malta and Singapore.

Fenech resigned as CEO of Tumas this week and was subsequently arrested by Maltese authorities on his luxury yacht.

The murdered journalist, says the national newspaper Times of Malta, had early in February mentioned a Dubai-based company named 17 Black Ltd with connections to Panama companies and Maltese politicians in the run-up to the awarding of a lucrative energy contract to provide a new power station.

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It turned out that the company behind that contract was owned by Fenech and he is also owner of 17 Black. At this stage Fenech has only been identified as “a person of interest” in the murder investigation. Campaigning journalist Galizia died in a car bomb explosion in October 2017.

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