MALTA: CARUANA, EUROPOL JOINS LOCAL POLICE
Officials from the Europol agency have joined the Maltese force investigating the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The investigation is led by the Police of Malta with the contribution of Dutch and American forensic and technical experts.
Meanwhile, the explosive material used in the car bomb that killed the Maltese journalist last Monday is currently being examined in European and local laboratories. In a statement, the Maltese police have denied a report featured on a local newspaper that TNT traces were found in the explosion.
In the meantime, the European Parliament is coordinating a visit for European deputies who will be going to Malta to investigate the rule of law in the country. In a tweet, the liberal MP and former Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said that after meeting Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family he felt that “their account of the situation in Malta was upsetting”.
“Corruption seems widespread and has become a business model”, Verhofstadt said. In a decision taken by the Conference of Presidents of the European Political Groups, the European Parliament will send a delegation to Malta to investigate “the extent to which the rule of law applies, what measures are being taken against corruption and how money laundering is being tackled”.
A debate and plenary resolution regarding the rule of law and money laundering in Malta will also take place on the 14th of November.
Meanwhile next Sunday, the civil society will organise the second national protest following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The event will take place in Sliema whereby the civil society and opposition will enforce their appeal for the resignation of both the Police Commissioner and Attorney General.
Presently a group of female activists called ‘Occupy Justice’ is organizing a protest in front of the Maltese Prime Minister’s Office in Valletta. The group have declared that the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia “has exposed a state of concern for Malta, where the government has failed to ensure good governance and robust democratic institutions”.