Malta: Car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist Caruana Galizia who accused PM Muscat of corruption
On Malta, on October 14, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who accused the family of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of corruption on the basis of Panama Papers materials, was killed. She was 53 years old.
Caruana Galizia’s car exploded shortly after she left the house. The cause of the explosion is not yet established, The Times of Malta writes. According to local media, 15 days ago she told the police that she received threats.
The last post in her blog was published about half an hour before the death of the journalist, The Guardian writes.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called the incident "a barbarous attack" and said that he "will not settle until justice is meted out." He said that Malta had asked for help with the FBI.
"Everyone knows that Caruana Galizia harshly criticized me as a politician and as a person, as she criticized others," BBC quotes him.
The President and Archbishop of Malta made statements in connection with the murder of the journalist.
Daphne Caruana Galizia was a journalist and blogger, famous for exposing publications about Maltese politicians. The publication Politico called her "a woman-WikiLeaks, leading a crusade against opacity and corruption in Malta."
Caruana Galizia took part in the study of the Panama Papers materials and found documents related to a number of Maltese politicians. In 2017, she has reported that wife of Joseph Muscat Michel presumably owns an offshore company that received money from a company connected with the daughter of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (the Aliyev’s family was repeatedly mentioned in connection with the Panama Papers).
After these reports, early elections were held in Malta, on which Joseph Muscat won again.
The detention is related to the investigation into the abduction and murder of Tatyana Sidorova, a deputy of the Ramenskoye District Legislature, and three members of her family, which occurred back in 2012.