Attorney Marc Sant told CNN: “There is a request for a bargain … the deal is punishable by 15 years in prison.” He said Muscat would also face financial sanctions.
Sant noted that he did not represent the other two suspects in the murder, Alfred and George Degiorgio, but told CNN that they continued to plead not guilty.
CNN went to Malta’s criminal appeal court for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
Caruana Galizia, a 53-year-old anti-corruption journalist from Malta, was killed in a car bombing near her home in 2017. Her family says she was “assassinated” because her work exposed the alleged corruption in the Maltese government.
“Those who admitted he was involved in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia have denied her the allegations.
The lawyer representing the Caruana Galizia family in court, according to a statement by the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, said: “The right to life and denial of her no right to enjoy her family, including her grandchildren born after her murder.
“The family hopes that this step will begin to lead to full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia.”