Maltese investigators identify plotters of Galizia murder

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Maltese police secure the court in Valletta as three suspects were arraigned before the court and accused of killing journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, December 5, 2017.

Maltese investigators identify plotters of Galizia murder


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Police investigators looking into the murder case of Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have identified several people believed to have taken part in her assassination in October 2017.

Brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio and third man, Vincent Muscat, are believed to have been members of a hit team that killed Galizia after planting a bomb in her car, which was detonated with an SMS message as she left her home near the Maltese capital Valletta.

The Degiorgio brothers and Muscat were officially unemployed when Galizia was killed, but enjoyed lavish lifestyles, according to court records.

At the time of her murder, Galizia was reporting on high levels of corruption that had come to light through the Panama Papers that lined Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife, Michelle, to several embezzlement schemes.

During her investigative work, Galizia had revealed that Michelle Muscat, as well as Muscat’s energy minister, and the government’s chief-of-staff, held shell companies in Panama that were used to launder millions of euros.

Galizia’s murder sent shockwaves throughout the media world and rocked the small Mediterranean island nation.

The FBI and Europol have both assisted Maltese authorities in collecting and analysing mobile phone and telecommunications data. That information has given the Maltese authorities the ability to track down those that planned Galizia’s assassination but the investigators have refused to provide further information about their identities or motives,

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