Daphne Caruana Galizia convicted killer George Degiorgio has once again requested for prison leave, this time for his daughter’s birthday.
#Malta: George Degiorgio, one of Daphne’s killers insists on being released every month to attend parties while he is supposed to serve 40 years. Maltese authorities should make sure he does his time. Prison should not be a hotel where people come and go as they please.
— European Centre for Press & Media Freedom (@ECPMF) March 14, 2023
This comes weeks after Degiorgio and the authorities came under fire for the killer being allowed to leave the prison to attend a family baptism, an event which came under intense scrutiny by the media and the public.
The news was leaked by the European Centre for Press & Media Freedom’s Twitter page, which stated that “Prison should not be a hotel where people come and go as they please.”
The Non-Governmental & Nonprofit Organisation stressed that the Maltese authorities should make sure Degiorgio is not allowed this time.
This is how #Malta treats criminals who kill journalists – it allows them out of jail to party and enjoy life when they are serving a sentence for a journalist’s murder. What is the end goal of this approach? This shameful decision has implications at a European level. https://t.co/C5nTTxYm2c
— Flutura Kusari (@fluturakusari) February 25, 2023
The organisation then retweeted legal advisor Flutura Kusari, who stated “this is how #Malta treats criminals who kill journalists – it allows them out of jail to party and enjoy life when they are serving a sentence for a journalist’s murder.”
According to Kusari, the Attorney General’s office is against this decision, previously stating that Malta’s approach to Daphne’s murder ‘sets the standard for other countries’.