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The family of the murdered Malta journalist criticizes the investigation

September 22, 2019

LA VALETA, Sep 22 (DPA / EP) –

The family of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered in 2017, has criticized the composition of a commission responsible for carrying out an investigation into her murder, while Human Rights groups have announced that they will remain “vigilant” while this continuous process

Caruana Galizia died in October 2017 from the explosion of a lapa bomb in her car. Three men have been arrested and prosecuted as material perpetrators, but intellectual authors remain free. The Prosecutor's Office presented the statement of objections against the three suspects in the murder in July, which in Malta's procedural law implies the passage to an oral trial.

The suspects are Vincent Muscat and the brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio, who were arrested in December 2017 and have spent 19 months leaving and entering prison. The Public Prosecutor charges six charges including voluntary manslaughter, possession and detonation of explosives and membership in a criminal organization.

Malta's Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, appointed Judge Michael Mallia on Friday as president of an official investigation into the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, thereby following the recommendations of the Council of Europe.

Andrew Caruana Galizia, son of the murdered woman, has admitted through the social network Twitter that he has “serious problems” with two of the members of this commission.

“One represents clients that my mother investigated for money laundering. Another depends on the prime minister for their survival. These conflicts will poison the research work,” he lamented.

According to information collected by the local newspaper 'The Times of Malta', the commission will also be composed of Ian Refalo, constitutional expert and former dean of the Faculty of Law, and Anthony Abela Medici, forensic expert.

Rebecca Vincent, representative of the Reporters Without Borders organization, explained that the investigation is “very late.” “We will remain vigilant and examine the composition and actions of the commission,” he added.

Muscat plans to meet with the Caruana Galizia family to discuss their concerns, a spokesman for the prime minister told the local newspaper 'Times of Malta'. The Government has contacted the family to find a date to hold a meeting. Peter Caruana Galizia, the victim's husband, has confirmed that the family is in contact with the prime minister's office.