Friday, 20 July, 2018

Malta announces 8 arrests in journalist's murder

Reuters Reuters
Kenny Thornton | 04 December, 2017, 13:35

A total of 10 suspects have been arrested in the October 16 murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's prime minister announced Monday.

Galizia was murdered in a auto bomb on October 16 in a case which shocked the island nation, a member of the European Union.

Europol, the European Union's police agency, sent a team of organized crime experts to help Maltese police investigate the assassination, joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Dutch forensic experts.

The detained - who are all Maltese nationals - were arrested during a raid Monday morning by "police and armed forces of Malta", according to local media.

Investigators have 48 hours to question the suspects to decide whether to seek charges, in accordance with Maltese law. "Galizia was aimed at instilling fear in everyone, especially those involved in investigating and prosecuting cases of money laundering and corruption", said the head of the six-person delegation, MEP Ana Gomes.

DOJ points arrest warrant for undocumented immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle killing
In an interview prior to Thursday's verdict, Steinle's family said they wanted the case out of the national spotlight. Steinle's father, Jim, told the San Francisco Chronicle that "justice was rendered, but it was not served".

"I am committed to doing so more than ever".

The family have repeatedly expressed concern that her death will be explained away as a criminal murder and that any connection with her revelations about the island's political elite will be swept under the carpet.

Just before her death, Caruana Galizia, 53, had posted on her closely followed blog, Running Commentary, that there were "crooks everywhere" in Malta. "The situation is desperate", she wrote minutes before she died in a blast so powerful her auto was blown to pieces and her body was catapulted into a nearby field. Demonstrators accused the authorities of failing to protect her.

Earlier this year, online news site Politico included the journalist on a list of 28 public figures "shaping, shaking and stirring Europe", describing her as "a one-woman WikiLeaks".

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