More than three years after the car bomb murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, a court has passed its first judgment. One in three suspects had previously confessed surprisingly.
Turnaround in the Galizia murder case: The suspect’s lawyer surprised the judge and the public prosecutor’s office with his client’s admission of guilt. Despite the reference that the defendant faces life imprisonment because of the seriousness of the allegations, he stuck to his confession. The other two suspects continue to deny any involvement in the crime.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was killed in a car bomb attack on October 16, 2017. She had regularly reported on corruption, money laundering and other illegal business in Malta. According to their research, members of the government were also involved.
The now convict and two other men were arrested two months later. They are accused of procuring, placing and detonating the bomb. They are also said to belong to a criminal organization. So far, all three had pleaded not guilty.
A fourth suspect, influential businessman Yorgen Fenech, was arrested on his yacht off the coast of Malta in 2019when he tried to escape. The hearings in his case have not yet started. The family of the murdered and some media consider him to be the possible perpetrator of the murder.
The murder of the journalist in an EU country caused a stir around the world and resulted in a series of resignations at the highest political level in Malta. At the beginning of last year the then head of government Joseph Muscat resigned from office. He had been accused of delaying the investigation. In addition, confidants of his, including the resigned Chief of Staff Keith Schembri at the end of 2019, may have been involved in the murder.
hf / ehl (afp, dpa)