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04.12.2017

Malta: Three men charged with murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

by Sophie Albers Ben Chamo

Maltese Police investigating the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have arrested ten suspects in connection with the case earlier this week. Now three men are charged with her assassination. 

Daphne Caruana Galizia Daphne Caruana Galizia (copyright: daphnecaruanagalizia.com)

Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb on October 16th just outside her home. Media freedom organisations including the ECPMF had urged an independent investigation of the case.

According to "Times of Malta" the three suspects are all Maltese nationals and known criminals: Alfred and George Degiorgio, as well as Vince Muscat. "The trio allegedly planted the bomb inside Ms Caruana Galizia's car at 2am and Alfred Degiorgio and Mr Muscat waited for the afternoon to confirm her movements", it says in the "Times of Malta". All three men appeared before a magistrate on Tuesday evening and were accused of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. All pleaded not guilty.

"The joint security operation involved members of the police corps, armed forces and security services. Police now have 48 hours to interrogate the suspects and prosecute or release them." Work done by the FBI, Europol and the Finnish national bureau of investigations in helping Maltese investigators would also be made public if and when the compilation of evidence took place, the daily quoted Malta's premier Joseph Muscat.

Caruana Galizia was part of the ICIJ investigation that became known as the Panama Papers. Her research also linked Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife to secret offshore bank accounts. Caruana Galizia's son said his mother had been "assassinated" because of her work uncovering alleged corruption in the Maltese government.

Meanwhile, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Thursday joined the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IMJ), in welcoming the charges against three suspects in the killing, but has also highlighted the need for an impartial investigation into the evidence.

 





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