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The European Chamber asks European leaders to address the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana in Malta

December 13, 2019
Homenaje a la periodista maltesa Daphne Caruana Galizia

Tribute to the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia – REUTERS / DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI – Archive

A delegation of MEPs has detected “serious deficiencies and threats” to the investigation and asks the European Council to pronounce

BRUSSELS, Dec. 12 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has asked the European Council, Charles Michel, to take “as soon as possible” to the heads of State and Government of the EU the case of the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, a crime whose investigation is splashing the government itself. The Maltese Prime Minister, the Social Democrat Joseph Muscat, attends the summit.

The request comes from a delegation from the Eurochamber, specifically from the Committee on Freedoms, which visited Malta last week and found “alarming and urgently needed” evidence, according to the letter this delegation sent to Sassoli, to which it has had access to Europa Press.

The message was transferred by Sassoli to Michel this Thursday, coinciding with a European Council. However, EU sources have assured that the matter has not been addressed, at least during the first part of the meeting, in which Sassoli has been present.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a well-known investigative journalist in her country, was killed with a bomb placed in her car in October 2017. More than two years later, a taxi driver has confessed to having acted as an intermediary between the three material assassins and whoever commissioned, targeting a powerful businessman. But he also said that, once commissioned for the murder, he received a salary from the Government for several months and that he was called from the prime minister's office. Muscat's chief of staff, Keith Schembri, has resigned and been questioned in relation to the case.

Faced with the revelations, Muscat has announced that he will resign on January 12, but MEPs are concerned about the “postponed resignation of the Prime Minister” and the suspension of Parliament, because they think “a serious, real or perceived risk of the investigation and related investigations are compromised. ”

“The investigation has reached a crucial point and any risk of political or other interference must be categorically excluded,” says the letter from MEPs, which echoes the latest revelations, which point to “senior members” of the Maltese Government and his Cabinet,

Precisely because of the “rapid evolution of the situation”, MEPs believe that the Heads of State and Government should take a position in this European Council. The letter is signed by the socialist Juan Fernando López Aguilar, as president of the Committee on Freedoms of the European Chamber and the Monitoring Group of the Rule of Law, and the Dutch liberal Sophie In't Veld.

Upon arrival at the European Council, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, has been asked if the European institutions should open a formal investigation on Maltese Justice: “I have not thought about it, it is something that we should reflect on in the European Council, but I have no concrete answer to your question, “has been your answer.

The MEP delegation met with members of the Police, Justice, politicians, journalists and civil society and found “serious deficiencies and threats to legality” in the investigation of the murder and a “possible political interference” in it, but also in broader areas of persecution of corruption and laundering. MEPs will present a detailed report to the European Chamber that will discuss the matter on Tuesday and vote on a resolution on Thursday.