Heart failure

AG prosecutor Karl Muscat died of heart failure, autopsy says

Karl Muscat, the prosecutor for the attorney general’s office who was found dead Wednesday at his home in Swieqi, died of cardiorespiratory failure, according to an autopsy.

In a statement, police said the autopsy revealed no signs of violence or injury.

“The body showed no signs of violence or any other signs of injury that would indicate he defended himself against any assault,” the statement said.

The statement makes no reference to toxicological testing. The police investigations and the judicial inquiry are still ongoing.

Muscat was found dead at his home in Swieqi last Wednesday. Police initially did not believe third parties were involved, but added that nothing was ruled out.

“The manner in which the body was found means that nothing can be ruled out until the exact cause of death is established by an autopsy,” a police spokesman told media on Wednesday.

According to reports received by MaltaToday, Muscat was recently suspended from duty for what was described as an offense committed under the influence of alcohol.

A source with knowledge of the proceedings added that the suspension was standard procedure whenever a prosecutor faces charges.

Muscat was previously a local councilor for the nationalist party in Rabat, elected in 2019. He resigned in October 2020 to take up his post in the office of the attorney general.

It was at 12:45 p.m. that police received reports that a man had been found dead at a residence in Swieqi. It was his relatives who made the call. A medical team was called to the scene to assist the victim, but he was pronounced dead on the spot.

The prosecutor had received praise from the Maltese courts for attending several high-profile money laundering sessions in place of his colleagues when they were on strike.

In March, Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech Court praised lawyer Karl Muscat for his dedication to the proceedings against Yorgen Fenech, the man accused of orchestrating the murders of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and Vince Buhagiar, the former president of Progress Press and director of the allied group accused of money laundering. Kasco Group kickbacks from former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.

Muscat was also leading the case against Ryan Schembri, the former owner of More Supermarkets, who fled the country in 2014 with 40 million euros in debt.

Muscat also represented the AG’s office in proceedings against Christian Borg and five other individuals accused of kidnapping a man in Rabat and threatening to cut off his fingers and rape his sister.