Suspects held over journalist bomb killing

World | 5 Dec 2017

Eight suspects have been arrested in the October murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said yesterday the suspects, all Maltese citizens, were arrested over suspicion of their involvement in Caruana Galizia's death in a car bomb.

The arrests yesterday, made in an operation coordinated among the Police Corps, the Armed Forces of Malta and the Security Services, were the first break in the murder that has drawn outrage and condemnation.

Investigators have 48 hours to question the suspects to decide whether to seek charges.

Caruana Galizia, whose reporting focused on corruption on the European Union island nation, was killed when a bomb destroyed her car as she was driving near her home.

Europol, the EU police agency, sent a team of organized crime experts to help Maltese police investigate the assassination, joining the FBI and Dutch forensic experts.

Just before her death, Caruana Galizia, 53, had posted on her closely followed blog, Running Commentary, that there were crooks everywhere in Malta. The nation has a reputation as a tax haven in the European Union and has attracted companies and money from outside Europe.

The journalist focused her reporting for years on investigating political corruption and scandals, and reported on Maltese mobsters and drug trafficking. She also wrote about Maltese links to the so-called Panama Papers leaks about offshore financial havens.

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