The self-confessed middleman in the murder of a journalist told a court on Wednesday a wealthy Maltese businessman was the brains behind the killing but said people tied to the government might also be implicated.
Melvin Theuma received immunity from prosecution last week in return for information that would lead to the conviction of the alleged plot ring leader, multi-millionaire entrepreneur Yorgen Fenech.
Mr Fenech has been charged with complicity over the 2017 murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia by a car bomb.
He has denied the accusations and blamed former government chief of staff Keith Schembri and other top officials.
Mr Schembri was arrested last month but later released. He has denied involvement in the murder which has shone a spotlight on allegations of rampant corruption in Malta’s overlapping worlds of politics and business.
Mr Theuma gave a detailed account of how the Mr Fenech, 38, had contacted him in 2017 to organise the hit, providing 150,000 euros for the contract.