Eight arrested in Malta over murder of journalist

  • Eight arrested in Malta over murder of journalist

Eight arrested in Malta over murder of journalist

Maltese police have arrested 10 suspects in connection to the October assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was renowned for her unflinching scrutiny of the corrupt and powerful on the Mediterranean island nation.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters that police operations were under way in the town of Marsa, and the Bugibba and Zebbug areas.

The arrests came seven weeks after Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger and investigative journalist focusing on corruption and organized crime among other subjects, was killed in a vehicle bomb attack near her home.

Explaining the reason for staying tight-lipped, Muscat cited concerns that divulging information could compromise the prosecutions.

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

Caruana Galizia made plain she didn't trust the island's police or judiciary to adequately investigate numerous wrongdoings she alleged.

She also wrote about Maltese links to the so-called Panama Papers leaks about offshore financial havens.

'I will not rest until I see justice done in this case.

Galizia had used her widely read blog to lambast Mr Muscat, his wife and some of his closest advisers, accusing them of setting up off-shore accounts to hide ill-gotten gain.

The editors of eight of the world's largest news organisations, including the BBC, called for the European Commission - the EU executive - to investigate the murder.

'The only remedy for anyone who felt slandered was through the courts'.

Farrugia said he wouldn't disclose anything else because "I have been already threatened by legal action by the Caruana Galizia family".

An ambulance and police vehicles are parked along the road where a auto bomb exploded killing investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in the town of Mosta, Malta.

They denied the charges and Mr Muscat was suing Galizia for libel at the time of her death. Muscat ultimately won that election and with it, a second term.

Recently, Caruana Galizia's outspoken blog had turned its fire on opposition politicians.

Half an hour before the explosion tore into her auto, Galizia wrote on her blog: "There are crooks everywhere you look now".

In another entry past year, she wrote: 'Malta's public life is afflicted with dangerously unstable men with no principles or scruples'.

A little while later, Muscat tweeted that two others had been arrested. It gave no further information.