Malta arrests 10 suspects over death of journalist

Valletta (Malta): The military and police, in a joint operation, have detained 10 suspects, all Maltese nationals, for the killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Galizia, 53, died in a car bomb attack on October 16 which shocked the island nation and triggered protests. In a blog posted an hour before her death, she said there were “crooks everywhere” in Malta. Galizia’s family fears her case may have already been sabotaged as confidential information about the suspects is being shared by police with lawmakers. They even suspect Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is using the case to boost his government’s image and not viewing it as a contract killing. Galizia had exposed Maltese links to offshore financial havens through the leaked Panama Papers.  She had reported that Muscat’s wife, energy minister and the chief-of-staff had offshore holdings in Panama to receive money from Azerbaijan. They denied the allegations and many top officials had sued Galizia for her investigative reports.