Malta announces 10 arrests in journalist's bombing murder

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2017

Maltese police arrest 10 suspects in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, nearly two months after her auto was blown up while she was driving it.

Ms Caruana Galizia died instantly when her auto was blown up as she drove out of her home on 16 October. Authorities did not release the names of any of the 10 suspects.

The investigation appeared to be continuing throughout Monday, as police and armed forces had cordoned off an area in Marsa, a small port town close to Valletta, the capital. "When the handling of an investigation is not sound, it is hard to have faith in its outcome". One of them was acquitted of a 2015 armed robbery charge for lack of sufficient evidence.

The three main suspects arrived at court under a heavy police escort on Tuesday.

"A number of people who could be implicated continue to receive political cover for crimes they are widely reported to have committed", read a statement from the family according to The New York Times.

Owing to the nature of the assassination, the Maltese government has requested assistance from a number of foreign intelligence agencies, including the FBI, Europol, Dutch forensic experts, as well the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation.

The journalist ran a blog, Running Commentary, in which she had posted controversial articles. Concluding a fact-finding mission on Friday, a group of European Union lawmakers said there was a "perception of impunity" in Malta. She also wrote on organized crime and money laundering.

"Caruana Galizia, a longtime columnist for the Malta Independentand prolific blogger, had spent more than a year perusing the documents included in the Panama Papers, a massive data leak that exposed the offshore bank accounts of politicians around the world". She was known for her investigative reporting, which focused on corruption, including among Malta's elite. Caruana Galizia made plain she didn't trust the island's police or judiciary to adequately investigate numerous wrongdoings she alleged.

Muscat said Monday of the slaying: "As I stated as soon as I learned about this barbaric act, we will leave no stone unturned to get this case solved".

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