A court has ruled that all police arrests of Yorgen Fenech were effective and legal.
The decision was taken this afternoon by Magistrate Audrey Demicoli after an application was filed by the businessman, owner of 17 Black, who was arrested on 20 November and has since been at the centre of police ibvestigations into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Businessman Yorgen Fenech claimed that his rights are being breached.
Fenech was given police bail for the fourth time on Friday and police requested him to go to the police headquarters again on Saturday.
In an application filed by lawyers Marion Camilleri and Gianluca Caruana Curran, it was argued that Fenech had been arrested and released on police bail several times.
The latest arrest came less than 24 hours after he was released on police bail.
Fenech’s lawyers argued before Magistrate Audrey Demicoli that the police bail is not being effective and does not satisfy the legal rights of a person who is under police investigation.
They argue that Fenech was released on police bail and re-arrested this morning, a period which the lawyers claim is too short.
The police argued that a 22-hour release is enough and does not breach Fenech’s rights. They wanted him back at the depot for him to continue being interrogated.
Camilleri argued that her client has been in and out of police headquarters for 11 days. She said that even when he was out on police bail, he had still continued to help in the investigation. She claimed that each time Fenech was released on police bail, this was not effective. She said that on one occasion the release was of just four hours.
Inspector Keith Arnaud gave the court a timeline of how Fenech was arrested and when he was given police bail. He said that when Fenech requested medical treatment he was released for 25 hours. Fenech’s lawyers continued to insist that the current arrest is illegal.
Arnaud said that the proper interrogation only started on Friday, and it lasted an hour and 15 minutes. He was not being recorded until Friday, and the police re-arrested him Saturday to continue to formal interrogation.
This is a developing story