Arrests in Malta After Murder of Journalist Galizia

The recent mur­der of jour­nal­ist Daphne Caru­a­na Gal­izia in mid-Octo­ber caused great uproar through­out the whole of Mal­ta and the rest of Europe. A bomb strapped under­neath her car was the source of the hor­rif­ic explo­sion that took her life. The blog­ger caused quite the stir fol­low­ing her reports about bribery, tax eva­sion, cor­rup­tion and nepo­tism in the gov­ern­ment. It was her activism that led to Muscat’s deci­sion to hold par­lia­men­tary elec­tions ear­ly.

Muscat Commits to Solve Murder Case

The whole of Mal­ta grieves for Galizia’s mur­der, while Pres­i­dent Mus­cat has made it very clear that the police force will not rest until the per­pe­tra­tors are behind bars. He says that vio­lence to this degree is intol­er­a­ble here- there will be action. Per­haps pre­cise­ly because Gal­izia has spo­ken out against Mus­cat again and again, he finds it all the more his duty to get to the bot­tom of this. The EU has made its view on the sub­ject very clear as well; Mal­ta has an oblig­a­tion to uphold its rule of law ansd must do every­thing in its pow­er to solve the case. There were also sev­er­al cas­es of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Inter­na­tion­al Media demand­ing more free­dom of press in Mal­ta.

Recent Arrests in Murder Case Bring Hope for Quick Resolve

The first break­through in the inves­ti­ga­tion was dis­cov­ered on the 4th of Decem­ber when, accord­ing to Mal­tese author­i­ties, 10 sus­pects were arrest­ed under sus­pi­cion of involve­ment in the mur­der of Gal­izia. All 10 sus­pects are Mal­tese, but whether any­one else is involved is still unclear at this point. How­ev­er, the cur­rent sus­pects are all known by the police and have crim­i­nal records. The inves­ti­ga­tors now have 48 hours to ques­tion these sus­pects in the hopes of even­tu­al pros­e­cu­tion. All we can do is hope for suc­cess.

Malta Wants Answers

Look­ing back at an event­ful 2017 for Mal­ta, it would cer­tain­ly be con­sid­ered a suc­cess for the case of the reporter’s death to be solved before year is out. Mus­cat there­fore reem­pha­sizes that the case has been and con­tin­ues to be tak­en very seri­ous­ly, while Mal­ta would once again out­line the sig­nif­i­cance they place on respect­ing the rule of law.

About Philipp Sauerborn

In 2005, Philipp Sauer­born joined the firm of St. Matthew in Lon­don, one of the lead­ing Ger­man account­ing firms in Eng­land renowned for its exper­tise in cor­po­rate, com­mer­cial and tax law, as a depart­ment head. After three years, he was a part­ner and man­ag­ing direc­tor.
Towards the end of 2011, he decid­ed to move to Mal­ta, where he first worked at inter­na­tion­al law firms and con­sul­tan­cies in an employed and con­sult­ing capac­i­ty. Since the begin­ning of 2013, he has been a senior employ­ee at Dr. Wern­er & Part­ner. Mr. Sauer­born is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing his ADIT -Advanced Diplo­ma in Inter­na­tion­al Tax.

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