Wednesday 21 November 2018

Eight arrested in Malta over murder of journalist

This photo taken on April 4, 2016, shows Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese investigative journalist who was killed in a car bomb (AP Photo/Jon Borg)
This photo taken on April 4, 2016, shows Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese investigative journalist who was killed in a car bomb (AP Photo/Jon Borg)
A banner with a photo of Malta police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar outside the Malta police headquarters after a rally to honour Daphne Caruana Galizia (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

Maltese police on Monday arrested eight suspects in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.

The arrest comes almost two months after her car was blown up close to her home while she was driving it.

All of the suspects are Maltese nationals and most have a criminal record, Muscat said, without providing any further details.

The police have 48 hours to question the suspects, arraign them or release them.

Ms Caruana Galizia, (53), was murdered on October 16.

She ran a popular blog in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged high-level corruption targeting politicians from across party lines, including her island nation's links with the so-called Panama Papers document leak.

Ms Caruana Galizia was named by Politico magazine among the 28 Europeans who are "shaping, shaking and stirring" Europe.

She had exposed that Mr Muscat's wife Michelle, as well as his energy minister and the government's chief-of-staff, held companies in Panama by looking into the 2016 document leak.

Mr Muscat and his wife deny they held such companies.

Opposition leader Adrian Delia called the killing a "political murder".

Ms Caruana Galizia had been sued for libel because of various articles she wrote on her blog Running Commentary, and she had filed a report with police two weeks ago that she was receiving threats.

Reuters

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