Written by Lahiru Fernando
17 Oct, 2017 | 4:52 pm
Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese investigative Journalist of Panama Papers, was killed by a bomb planted in her car.
She exposed her country’s links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers.
The car bomb went off while 53 year old Galizia drove away from her home in Mosta, a town outside Malta’s capital of Valletta.
The explosion caused the vehicle’s wreckage to spiral over a wall and into a field.
Joseph Muscat, Malta’s Prime Minister has said that Galizia’s death resulted from a “barbaric attack” which also amounted to an assault on freedom of expression.
“one of [his] harshest critics, on a political and personal level,” is how the Maltan Premier described her as he denounced her slaying.
Muscat announced that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had agreed to send a team of experts to help local police investigate the incident.
“I will not rest until I see justice done in this case,” Muscat said.
It is also noteworthy that Galizia’s most recent articles directly singled out Maltan Premier Muscat and two of his closest associates.
Her revelations connected offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.
Politico named Caruana Galizia as one of 28 Europeans who are “shaping, shaking and stirring” Europe.
The political stage of Malta has been heated up following the killing. “A political murder” is how Maltan leader of the opposition called the incident.
Opposition leader Adrian Delia called the killing a “political murder” while observers on social media expressed outraged over the brutal killing.
Articles written by Galizia had reactions to the extent of being sued for libel. She had filed a report with the police two weeks ago that she was receiving threats.
Meanwhile Galizia’s son Matthew Caruana Galizia described running desperately round the blazing car in which she died.
He has hit out bitterly at the island’s “culture of impunity” and the “crooks” in charge.
“My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it, like many strong journalists,” He wrote in a Facebook post.
“But she was also targeted because she was the only person doing so. This is what happens when the institutions of the state are incapacitated: the last person left standing is often a journalist. Which makes her the first person left dead.”
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