Sunday 18 March 2018

Three men charged in Malta over murder of anti-corruption journalist

Daphne Caruana Galizia. Photo: AP
Daphne Caruana Galizia. Photo: AP

Three men were charged in Malta on Tuesday with murder over a car bomb blast that killed anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, according to a statement read out in court.

Caruana Galizia died instantly when her car was blown up as she drove out of her home on October 16, a killing that shocked Malta and raised concern within the European Union about the rule of law on the tiny Mediterranean island.

Ms Caruana Galizia's reporting focused heavily on corruption on the EU island nation.

Europol, the European Union's police agency, sent a team of organised crime experts to help Maltese police investigate the assassination, joining the FBI and Dutch forensic experts.

Just before her death, Ms Caruana Galizia, 53, had posted on her closely followed blog, Running Commentary, that there were "crooks everywhere" in Malta.

The island nation has a reputation as a tax haven in the European Union and has attracted companies and money from outside Europe as well.


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