Will the killers of Daphne Caruana Galizia ever be found?

The family of the murdered anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia believe that three men awaiting trial for the crime were acting on orders from the powers that be on Malta. Elements within the government may be protecting whoever commissioned the killing.
"It is clear to us that the three men arraigned so far were commissioned by a third party,” widower Peter Caruana Galizia said. “My sons and I are not convinced that our government really wants to know who sent them, for fear such persons are in fact very close to our government. For this reason we may never know the truth."

The accused men, brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, and their friend Vincent Muscat, have all entered not guilty pleas. The Maltese government says police are leaving no stone unturned. The justice minister is offering a €1 million reward for information leading to anyone who may have ordered the car bombing on 16 October 2017.

Caruana Galizia had plenty of enemies and critics. She had challenged many who hold power and influence on Malta: mobsters, business people, public officials, lawyers, the governing Labour party, even the current leader of the Nationalist party.

The inquiry is now focused on who may have built the bomb, and on any connection between the accused and organised crime. According to sources, officers are working on the assumption that the maker of the bomb is still at large, and that whoever ordered the attack may have links to organised crime.
In the last four years of her life, the world had gradually closed in on Malta’s best-known journalist. Members of the ruling Labour party had encouraged the public to film and photograph her wherever she went, and to upload the pictures to social media. She feared meeting sources in public and rarely left her house.

A libel case from the economy minister had resulted in cash being seized, and she was unable to use her bank accounts. She was facing 47 libel suits when she was murdered.

The accused politicians, among them the prime minister, Joseph Muscat, his chief of staff, Keith Schembri, and two of his ministers, are now seeking damages from her heirs, who have inherited many of the cases. It's harrassment and bullying beyond belief.

Still, Muscat had the audacity to claim in an email sent by his spokesman: "Allegations of organised threats or harassment against Daphne Caruana Galizia or her family are wholly false".

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