The arrest of Yorgen Fenech sparked another vigil to mourn investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in Valletta [Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters]

A “person of interest” in the investigation into the murder of a Maltese journalist has been released by the police because they need more time to question him, Malta‘s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.

“If a person is taken to court, he or she cannot be further questioned by the police, and in this case, the police want to question him further,” Muscat told journalists on Friday.

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Prominent businessman Yorgen Fenech was arrested when his yacht was intercepted shortly after it sailed out of a Maltese harbour before dawn on Wednesday. Under Maltese law, those arrested have to be charged or released within

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