Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 19 October 2019

Three charged over Maltese anti-corruption journalist's murder

Daphne Caruana Galizia, described as a ‘one-woman WikiLeaks’ was killed in 2017

Peter Caruana Galizia, widower of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, reacts during a protest and vigil marking 21 months since her death in a car bombing, after three men were indicted for her murder. Reuters
Peter Caruana Galizia, widower of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, reacts during a protest and vigil marking 21 months since her death in a car bombing, after three men were indicted for her murder. Reuters

Three men were charged on Tuesday over the 2017 murder of Maltese anti-corruption journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio, as well as Vince Muscat, all in their fifties, were arrested in December 2017.

The justice ministry’s confirmation of the charges happened on Tuesday just days before the expiry of a 20-month deadline.

The public prosecutor now has a further 20 months to set a date for the trial, which legal experts say may not take place for years.

Late last week the government of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, at the recommendation of the Council of Europe, ordered a public inquiry into whether the October 16, 2017 car bomb attack could have been prevented.

Caruana Galizia, described as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”, was responsible for a number of corruption exposes targeting both Muscat and opposition figures.

After the murder, Malta asked American and Dutch experts to help with the investigation.

Following Caruana Galizia’s death, her sons demanded Mr Muscat’s resignation, accusing him of surrounding himself with crooks, creating a culture of impunity and turning the tiny Mediterranean state into a “mafia island”.

Updated: July 17, 2019 01:24 PM

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