Police arrested Agius for the 2015 murder of Chircop but lacked sufficient evidence to prosecute
Adrian Agius was arrested and questioned for the murder of lawyer Carmel Chircop in 2015 – but police did not have enough evidence to prosecute at the time.
Speaking in court todayHomicide Inspector Keith Arnaud confirmed that the police were very suspicious that Agius was behind the murder. Chircop was killed after being shot four times while walking towards a garage complex on John Borg Street in Birkirkara in October 2015.
Vince Muscat, who pleaded guilty to his role in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, obtained a presidential pardon to provide evidence on the murder.
He appears to be the one who led to a major breakthrough in the business.
Muscat told police the murder was committed by Degiorgio, Vella and himself. It was Degiorgio who brought him to the murder plot. He also confirmed he was getting paid € 20,000 for his role in the murder of Agius.
Arnaud explained that shortly after the murder, Chircop’s wife revealed to police that her husband had sued Agius for money in the months leading up to the murder..
She also said that a few months later her husband had an argument on the phone with Agius while they were abroad. The last call between Agius and Chircop took place in October, two days before the murder.
Chircop owed around € 600,000 to finance the purchase by More Supermarkets of a warehouse in Qormi. Agius was a shareholder with Ryan Schembri and Etienne Cassar. The deal fell through once Schembri fled the islands.
Agius was questioned, refusing legal assistance. He said the fees were tied to a sale and that Chricop marked it as a loan to evade taxes.
Agius confirmed that Chircop was suing him for money, but dismissed him, explaining that he had many creditors. He said he plans to take Chircop to court over the matter.
He provided the police with an alibi, insisting he was abroad when the murder took place. He was pressured into his relationship with George Degiorgio, but it was not successful.
Agius was released the same day.
Agius and his brother Robert, better known as Tal-Maksar, are believed to be among the nation’s biggest criminals. A collaborative report by Malta weather and Malta today previously revealed that their criminal network extended to a series of violent murders between gang members opening a void for the Agius brothers to become the main actors in the smuggling world with links to Italian, Libyan, Romanian organized crime groups and Albanian.
Yet they were able to operate with relative impunity and were charged (along with Jamie Vella) for supplying the explosive that killed Caruana Galizia.
Caruana Galizia was murdered by a car bomb outside her home on October 16, 2017. Degiorgio, her brother Alfred and Vince Muscat were arrested and charged with the murder on December 5. Yorgen Fenech has been charged with the November 2019 murder.
Court hearings revealed that the main suspect in Caruana Galizia’s murder, Yorgen Fenech, once told intermediary Melvin Theuma to send a “message to Maksar because that’s where the bomb was made” . Reports also claim that they even offered drop the money to one of the men who committed the murder.
There were 19 car bombings between 2010 and 2017. With virtually all of the victims linked to the underworld, they were often overlooked by the Maltese public as authorities found many dead ends.
Caruana Galizia had written about Adrian Agius in the past, as he was the business partner of Ryan Schembri – the former owner of More Supermarkets who fled Malta with his family in 2014 to escape loan sharks to whom he owed millions of euros.
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