Daphne Caruana Galizia: Three charged in journalist’s murder

Photo: Facebook (In Memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia)

Three suspects – Vince Muscat, Alfred Degiorgio, and George Degiorgio – were charged in the murder of Maltese journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Galizia was killed on October 16, 2017, near Valletta when a bomb exploded in her car. After the incident, the three suspects were arrested in December 2017.

The three have been accused of planting the bomb in Galizia’s car and setting it off using a remote control. Galizia was known for her journalistic work against corrupt practices.

According to evidence submitted by prosecutor’s, the bomb in Galizia’s car was activated using a mobile phone.

After the arrest, the three accused were put on a pre-trial known as the compilation of evidence. Throughout the process, the three have pleaded not guilty.

A deadline of 20-months was set for the proceedings to happen and the new development has surfaced just days before the expiration of the deadline.

With the confirmation of the charges by the Justice Ministry, the trail can now be held and the public prosecutor had 20 months to set a date for the same.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his government were criticized heavily after the killing of Galizia and the journalist’s sons even demanded the PM’s resignation.

Last year, Muscat ordered a public enquiry on the recommendation of the Council of Europe to ascertain if the journalist’s murder could have been prevented.