Arrests Made in Contracted Killing of Panama Papers Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

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Manhunt in Malta

In October, the car bomb assassination of Maltese journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia sent shock-waves through the investigative journalism community. Daphne was a continuous thorn in the side of the Maltese government as she reported extensively on government corruption and criminality.

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Real Journalism Gets You Killed

Galizia was a lead investigator involved in unearthing Maltese connections to the Panama Papers. Her fearless reporting implicated high ranking officials including the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat. Galizia received multiple death threats leading to her murder in mid-October.

The Guardian is reporting that 3 men have been charged in relation to Galizia's execution style assassination.

The three suspects include two brothers, George and Alfred Degiorgio, and Vincent Muscat. The suspects were also charged with criminal use of explosives, being involved in organised crime, and criminal conspiracy.

All three pleaded not guilty to the charges at a hearing late on Tuesday.

The Guardian

Maltese police conducted dawn raids and arrested 10 men in connection to the investigation.

Previously, the Guardian reported that Galizia's family were not privy to information relating to the police investigation which includes the military and agents from the FBI.

Caruana Galizia’s son Matthew, who is also a reporter, told the Guardian his family were “in the dark” about the arrests and had been given no further information beyond a phone call from a magistrate’s office after the arrests were made public.

At a separate event, the island’s police commissioner, Lawrence Cutajar, refused to take any questions about the arrests, which have been called one of the biggest police operations in Maltese history.

The Guardian

Political Pressure

Though the government's round up of suspects and the charging of 3 men in the murder has garnered front page news across Europe, there are many who view the arrests with skepticism.

Frederik Obermaier on Twitter   Questions remain. Unlike many other people in Malta  the charged men had never been the target of Caruana Galizia’s investigations and none… https loMp15d9zk .png

Once the target of Galizia's tenacious reporting, Joseph Muscat is now actively pursuing justice in the case of Daphne's murder.

Joseph Muscat, Malta’s prime minister, promised in a press conference on Monday that he would not leave any stone unturned in finding who ordered the journalist to be killed and who carried out the attack.

The Guardian

Family Remains Unconvinced

Mathew Caruana Galizia, who is himself a journalist with the ICIJ, and younger brother Paul Caruana Galizia maintain that the individuals arrested and charged are simply low level conspirators.

M. Caruana Galizia on Twitter   People who could be implicated in my mother’s contract killing continue to receive political cover from  JosephMuscat_JM for crimes they are… https Is0KGPb1GK .png

Mathew Caruana Galizia on Twitter:

Taking to twitter, nineteen year old Paul highlighted the amount of political enemies his mother had gained over the years by showing the number of defamation lawsuits that had been filed against her, spiking in 2017.

Paul Caruana Galizia on Twitter   1 4 At least 57 legal cases vs  DaphneCaruanaGalizia.  PL_Malta donors   officials filed 77  of cases since  JosephMuscat_JM elected in 2013… https nWbMetvO3S .png

Paul Caruana Galizia on Twitter   1 4 At least 57 legal cases vs  DaphneCaruanaGalizia.  PL_Malta donors   officials filed 77  of cases since  JosephMuscat_JM elected in 2013… https nWbMetvO3S (1).png

He also pointed to specific articles his mother had written about the PM and his chief of staff's passport scandal and kickbacks from Azerbaijani officials.

Paul Caruana Galizia on Twitter    PL_Malta  JosephMuscat_JM  KonradMizzi  ChrisCardonaMP  OSCE_RFoM  IndexCensorship  RSF_Europe  englishpen  article19org  FreedomofPress  adriandeliapn 4 4 Excludes countless legal thre.png

The Galizia family is pursuing a legal claim against the Maltese police claiming that the an independent and impartial investigation is not possible due to the connections between highest ranks of the police force and the government of Malta. The police force was also a subject of Daphne's highly popular blog.



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It would appear the men arrested are patsies albeit guilty ones. I cant see the true perpetrators the ones who ordered the hit being brought to justice, they rarely do. However its good news if they ever get into a court room. They need to be put into protective custody to ensure their survival to make it into court, if they're not I don't fancy their chances of ever getting there.
Nice work buddy.


I agree, those that ordered her killing will most likely never be brought to justice. It's hard to have justice when the police investigation is compromised form the beginning.

waiting to see when they will arrest the ones calling the shots.


Ever hear of the Knights of Malta? I woudn't hold my breath waiting on local cops to go after them.


Very Good Point !


Exactly. Organized crime is often times just state sponsored terrorism using them to do the dirty work their agents can't

What a tangled they weave :( My only hope is that these fall guys are somehow able to implicate the puppet masters. Of course if that's the case I would be surprised if they ever made it to court. Thank you for staying on top of this @v4vapid

Whilst lookng into this story I was reminded of the below quote and that in itself is deeply disturbing:

“In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” G. Orwell

It's the second time I read you on the topic, thanks for keeping us up-to-date on the developments following this tragedy.

It might not be related at all with this sad murder, but I still think it's relevant to keep in mind that the ICIJ may not only be about investigative journalism:

Meanwhile, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer warned that the revelations could threaten the stability of some regimes like Russia.
"Vladimir Putin is directly caught up in this," he told CNBC Monday, claiming that the $2 billion could be "a tiny fraction of how much the Kremlin has actually been laundering."
Russia, in particular, could respond aggressively, Bremmer added. Given that the ICIJ was partially funded by billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundation, the Kremlin may wish to respond, he noted.
"I feel fairly confident that the Kremlin will be going after the U.S., Soros, the CIA and this is going to make Russian policy towards the U.S. actually much more sharp and antagonistic," he said.

As to the arrest of 'low level conspirators', I doubt anyone thinks PM Muscat would wire up her car himself.

Any familial relationship between Vincent Muscat and Joseph Muscat?



Good question, but as far as I'm aware it's just a coincidence they share the same name.

thats a great news one..thanks for sharing my dear

best of luck..✌👌👏👏

Thanks for news sharing.@ v4vapid.

May god plus this woman with all his mercy. She gave her life while 57 thousand people are waiting for 8 years for him to make his 1st tweet. That is too sad.twiiter12 - Copy.png

Nice post @v4vapid, damn its rainbow six siege...
Love the news, its nice and detailed ...

Thats it, even the highest enforcements agencies in the world is somehow corrupt. I dont know if the Galizia family is right. But somehow i feel so..

Thank you for sharing

Journalism in some country is very difficult.Many journalists are attacked by the government of so many countries in the world.We should take effective action.

The low-level operators will be round up. They will either be killed before trial if the "truth" is something they want to talk about it. Most likely, take all the charges.

The invention of Twitter does at least muddy up the game.

Curated for #informationwar (by @openparadigm)

Thankx for sharing that news

We live in an upended terrain where the hunter is hunted and the prey is having a field day

Scary stuff.

Go figure.. 3 useful idiots, and case closed? The only course for true justice today is exposing the truth. Daphne Galizia was leading the way, a real hero.
Can anyone share any info on Canadians being in the Panama Papers, please? (hard to find any reliable sources here that aren’t in Junior’s Fan Club.)

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