Ten Arrested Over Maltese Journalist Murder

By Iulian Cernatinschi, International News Writer

Ten individuals have been arrested in connection to the car bomb killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. A journalist, blogger and vocal critic of corruption amongst politicians in Malta, Galizia has built up her reputation as a brave woman willing to go great lengths in order to defend the integrity of her journalistic investigations. She has been sued multiple times by various Maltese political figures because of what she published, but opposition to her writings did not stop there. Two weeks before her assassination, Galizia reported to the police that she received threats which were not looked into.

Of the ten arrested, three were charged with murder, the criminal use of explosives, criminal conspiracy, and being involved in organized crime. George Degiorgio, 55, Alfred Degiorgio, 53, and Vincent Muscat, 55 were all detained as part of a coordinated raid in three different towns. The other seven arrested suspects were released on bail. The arrests were the product of cooperation among many agencies including The FBI, Europol and the National Investigations Bureau of Finland.

Although Malta’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat has condemned the event tragic and a “barbaric act,” Galizia’s family members have stated that they do not want Muscat attending the funeral. The Prime Minister was one of the journalist’s primary opposition forces. Galiza has harshly criticized Muscat following alleged ties to the controversial leak of 11.5m documents from the offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca known as the “Panama Papers”. Galiza accused Muscat’s wife of being the beneficial owner of a secret Panama company used to channel funds from Azerbaijan’s ruling Aliyev family. Muscat and his family have denied these implications and have sued Galiza for defamantion.

“My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it, like many strong journalists,” wrote on Facebook Matthew Caruana Galizia, the son of the deceased journalist. Matthew, who is also an investigative journalist, has harshly criticized the Maltese police force in regards to the failure of preventing the death of his mother. Along with his family, Mathew has shown skepticism towards the integrity of the investigation into the death of his mother. The family has asked for the change of Consuelo Scerri Herrera, the magistrate leading the investigators, since Galiza criticized her on her blog. They state that they do not believe “that she can conduct a magisterial inquiry through the seriousness and impartiality that is needed in the search for truth”.

 

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, December 12th print edition.

Contact Iulian at

iulian.cernatinschi@student.shu.edu

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