Wednesday 24 January 2018

Three charged with murder of Maltese journalist

Malta's PM Joseph Muscat gives a statement to announce the arrest of eight suspects in the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in Valletta (AP)
Malta's PM Joseph Muscat gives a statement to announce the arrest of eight suspects in the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in Valletta (AP)

A Maltese court has charged three men with the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb in October.

Seven other Maltese men were released on bail pending further investigation.

The arrest of the 10 men on Monday was the first breakthrough in a case that shocked the Mediterranean island and led the European Parliament to send a delegation on a fact-finding mission related to the rule of law in Malta.

The three main suspects arrived under heavy police escort at the court late on Tuesday and were represented by a court-appointed lawyer.

Peter Caruana Galizia, the victim's husband, attended the hearing.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was a leading investigative reporter whose exposes focused on corruption, including among Malta's elite.

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