Three men have been charged in the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
On October 16, Galizia was killed by a bomb while driving near her home
Galizia’s death sparked outrage throughout the European Union
On Monday it was announced ten men were taken into custody in relation to Galizia’s death
An unknown number of those suspects are being released on bail
Galizia was well-known for her investigation into the Panama Papers
Prosecutors have charged three men with the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Galiza was driving near her home when a bomb tore through her car on October 16.
Galizia, a 53-year-old anti-corruption blogger, was well-known for her work on the Panama Papers. Her murder was felt all throughout the European Union, prompting the European Commission to condemn the tragic death with the “strongest possible terms.”
“The brutal assassination of … Galizia was aimed at instilling fear in everyone, especially those involved in investigating and prosecuting cases of money laundering and corruption,” – MEP Ana Gomes
Through her popular blog “Running Commentary,” Galizia shared her investigations, including her discovery deep within the Panama Papers implicating Prime Minister Muscat’s minister of tourism, chief of staff and wife in corruption and fraud.
During Galizia’s funeral, the EU told Malta that the investigation into her death should leave “no stone unturned.” The ceremony was in Mosta, which recognized the day as a national day of mourning. The EU flew their flags at half-mast for Galizia and “all those who have given their lives for the freedom of speech.”
The Maltese government offered a 1 million euros ($1.18 million) reward for any information that led to the arrest of Galizia’s killer. The reward was said to be an “unprecedented measure,” but Galizia’s death was referred to as a “case of extraordinary importance.”
The government is fully committed to solving the murder … and bringing those responsible to justice.
On Monday, authorities in Malta announced that they had made ten arrests in connection with Galizia’s death. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said all of the suspects were Maltese nationals. Both the military and the police were used to detain the suspects following weeks of investigating.
On Tuesday, it was announced that three of the suspects were charged with Galizia’s murder. The three men are two brothers, George and Alfred Degiorgio, and Vincent Muscat. The three men were also charged with criminal use of explosives, being involved in organized crime, and criminal conspiracy.
On Tuesday night it was announced that an unknown number of suspects arrested would be released on bail. There were no official details released on what links the three men to Galizia’s death or any of the evidence collected. However, Times of Malta reported investigators allegedly directed their attention towards the suspects because of telephone intercepts, including from a mobile phone that allegedly triggered the bomb.