One of the three men convicted of murdering Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb in 2017 changed his plea to guilty and was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in jail.
The man, Vince Muscat, along with the brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio, was accused of detonating the bomb that killed Caruana Galizia while driving her car on October 16, 2017.
Judicial cases against the brothers of Degiorgio, who maintained their pleas not guilty
The fourth man, hotelier Yorgen Fenech, is charged separately.
Caruana Galizia’s assassination led to international demands for transparency, when her investigation article criticized former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s administration, alleging that corruption was everywhere in the political and business circles of the small island nation of the EU.
Mr Muscat, who is not linked to the perpetrator, resigned last year in the aftermath of the controversy.