EU Parliament Malta report: shocking lack of follow-up on leads into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia the MEPs Ana Gomes, Sven Giegold and David Casa went on an ad hoc mission on the rule of law in Malta in November and December 2017. This is the report. 

Daphne Caruana Galizia Daphne Caruana Galizia (photo: DPA)

Members of the European Parliament Ana Gomes, of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, and member of Portugal’s Partido Socialista, Sven Giegold, of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, and member of Germany Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, and David Casa, of the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), and member of Malta Partit Nazzjonalista, have published a report of their findings on-site in Malta on the status of the rule of law following the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. Their EU Ad Hoc delegation travelled to Malta in November and December 2017.

The 20 page report is highly critical of the lack of police investigations into corruption allegations as well as a "shocking" lack of follow-up on leads into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Amongst the conclusions it says that police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar refused to meet the delegation, "arguing in writing on the evening before the visit that they were not a formal European Parliament mission".

It also says: "The Police are ostensibly not following all relevant leads to find out who ordered the assassination. Excuses provided go from lack of resources to impossibility to investigate all the people who had been exposed by the deceased who might have had a motive to silence her." 

Verbal attacks on all three MEPs

"Quite shockingly, the Police appeared not to have thoroughly investigated witness accounts - published by international media - that the Minister of Economy, Chris Cardona (who had been exposed by Mrs. Caruana Galizia and was suing her for libel) had been seen drinking with one of the suspects prior to their arrest."

"Caruana Galizia’s family has not been kept informed of developments in the investigations and is facing libel lawsuits inherited from the journalist, which were not dropped by their initiators, even after the murder."

Also, "several members of the Government, including the Prime Minister, are active members in Facebook hate groups who abuse, insult and threaten critics. As Maltese news outlet The Shift reports: All three MEPs were set up as targets in those secret Labour online groups.

Please find here the full report, notes on the meetings on-site and three recommendations.

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